Note: I am writing this not to call for a christian boycott, or some anti-gaga movement. Truth is soon Gaga will fall as quick as she has risen and some other artist will take her throne. I write this to ask parents and students to be more discerning with your entertainment diet. Music is more than just music. It carries a spirit. A true christ follower takes care to fill their life with, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” (Phil 4:8). SO, these are my thoughts to why Gaga does not make my list and why she should not make yours…
Like a “bat out of hell” Lady Gaga has risen from obscurity to worldwide phenomenon. Seems the whole globe has suddenly gone gaga for Gaga. Yesterday she shut down one of the largest internet sites on the web with the debut of her second album. No doubt this talented young lady has accomplished something so few pop icons ever will, and has done so within months, not years. However, there is more to Gaga than talent and clever marketing. Behind the power ballads and catchy lyrics is a bolder message that is influencing a generation.
Music is more than entertainment. Anyone who doesn’t realize that dismisses its power. Music is art, art is speech and powerful speech at that. Art is the creative expression of an individual’s thoughts and ideas. There is a message behind all art, and music is one of the best ways to express that message. That is why Gaga can’t just be listened to. You have to hear what she is saying and subject that message to the truth of God’s Word. Otherwise you may find yourself biting the apple of her addictive melodic hooks and subtly contemplating her ideology.
Gaga is a preacher and her congregation is large (did you know she is an ordained minister?). Last year she was named in Time Magazines 100 most influential people of 2010. Rare for someone who was barely known the year before. That would make her the most powerful ‘minister’ this generation knows. What’s her message? Let’s look at three…
Gaga is provocative. Everything from her costumes, lyrics, videos, and lifestyle scream open sexuality. Her song “Poker Face” is all about her own perverse view of sex (the video alone should have told you that). When she appeared on American Idol, the show had to censor her high-heels because they were penises. For her appearance on Good Morning America she came dressed in a condom. Gaga is doing more than reflecting cultural attitudes concerning sex. She is pushing greater openness and removing the boundaries that keep your sexuality pure. Nothing is taboo, everything is permissible and sex is something to be worshiped. Gaga is simply the latest incarnation of an ancient spirit named Jezebel and her followers should beware.
Jezebel was a prophet of Baal. Open sexuality was one of the chief forms of Baal worship and it’s main symbol, the Asherah pole, was a large sculpted penis. Baal worship would involve ritual mass-sex in front of these poles that littered ancient Israel thanks to Jezebel. Gaga has made herself a phallic symbol (dressing as a penis), much like a modern day asherah pole and encourages open sexuality as accepted self expression (that’s the gist of her Poker Face video).
A generation who falls prey to her perverted sexuality will never know the gift of God’s purest sexuality. Paul warns us, “He who sins sexually sins against his own body” (1 Cor 6:18). This is a danger zone that you can’t afford to fall into!
Gaga is openly, unapologetically rebellious. She expresses her love for Judas over Jesus in her latest release “Judas”. “Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to I cling to” she sings and makes a self-judgement about that saying “In the most Biblical sense, I am beyond repentance.” Gaga is a very spiritual person… just the wrong spirit. Judas lived at Jesus’ side, yet still allowed satan to enter into him. I fear too many have no clue what spirit Gaga is of – I assure you, she does!
For her performance in the Grammy’s Gaga arrived inside an egg that she claimed to have been inside of for three days. She then “hatched” on stage before the world. When asked on GMA the next day about the performance she said it was her “Rebirth”. And went on to say that everyone needs a rebirth. I agree… we must all be born again, but listen to Gaga’s meaning behind that expression. In the GMA interview she said that, “we must all be reborn to look inside yourself, to love yourself. Not to look outside oneself, but inside for answers.” Gaga’s rebirth is to self-worship. It’s an anti-christ spirit.
Consider the obvious parallel she is making between herself and Christ. Jesus was in the tomb three days. Gaga was in her egg three days. Jesus was raised from the dead. Gaga was reborn from from the egg. Jesus’ message, turn to God. Gaga’s message, turn to self.
Jezebel was openly rebellious towards the God of Israel. She led a nation astray and was so powerful that she sent Elijah running for his life the day after he confronted her and her prophets of Baal. No discerning Jesus follower can make any room in their life to entertain themselves with a message that leads one away from Christ. Israel made room for Jezebel, and she altered the course of that nation for centuries. Make room for Gaga, and one may find a similar fate.
Born This Way, is her message to the homosexual community. Gaga has become a very vocal voice to advance not just tolerance, but mass acceptance and even participation. Gaga claims she is returning the favor because the homosexual community was the first to embrace her. She has poured tons of money towards the cause, and has used her social media power to mobilize her ‘monster’ army. Gaga is proving herself a powerful force to not just entertain a generation but to also persuade a generation and move them to action. Not an easy feat. She’s doing it well.
Jezebel controlled an entire nation by using her sexuality, her spirituality, and position. Her open rebellion towards God led Israel astray. From Jezebel until the exile of Israel you see Jezebel’s mark on the spiritual life of that nation. She turned that nation and they never returned.
I have contended in the past that tolerance or acceptance is not true love. Love does not tolerate. It seeks to change. Love says I can’t leave you as you are or just accept you as you are. Love lays down its life to enable another to find life. That is what Jesus did. He laid down his life, so that you could truly be reborn to new life. Yes, each us us were “born this way” into sin, but thank God that He did not just accept us as we are and leave us there. He forgave us our sins, removed our sins, and raised us up to His righteousness! That is not the message Gaga is advocating. God’s truth brings life, Gaga’s lie is bringing death!
You summon what you serenade!
Let me finish with this thought, “you summon what you serenade.” My good friend Will Ford shared that thought with me a few years ago and it has stuck. If you serenade yourself with the wrong message, you’ll summon the wrong spirit. That was my immediate thought the moment I saw Gaga’s latest album cover (I posted the picture above).
I don’t see a young lady in that picture, I see what I believe she intended – a siren. A mythological demon that lured unsuspecting sailors to her with her song only to destroy them. There is more behind Gaga than her catchy tunes. There is a demonic spirit, a siren’s song, luring unsuspecting listeners away from the life of Christ’s light. Her song is a message for open sexuality, rebellion, and advocacy. Her audience is massive. Her influence is great. I warn you, don’t get captured by her song!