The Church of Gaga « Power to Change

This is from an article by Claire Colvin:

Lady Gaga is everywhere these days. Her current tour, The Monster’s Ball is so completely sold out that I recently saw a listing on Ticketmaster for tickets for a show in 2011. No joke.

Lady Gaga is known for being avant guarde, out spoken, artistic and opinionated so when she recently sat down for an interview with Larry King, I was surprised to see the discussion turn to matters of religion. King asked her about being raised Catholic and what she believes and this was her reply:

“I believe in Jesus. I believe in God. I’m very spiritual. I pray very much, but at the same time there is no one religion that doesn’t hate or speak against or be prejudiced against another racial group or religious group, or sexual group and for that I think religion is also bogus.

So I suppose you could say I’m a quite religious woman who is also very confused about religion.”

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6 Comments

  1. Ruby

    Hello Kylie,
    I found the article interesting and some what disturbing. Also revealing of the state of the church today and the fact that the human heart is "desperately wicked. Who can know it?"
    Of course people describe themselves as spiritual. We are created in the image of God. Everyone, no matter how they deny it, is spiritual by nature and know there is more meaning to life than some aimless self pleasing existance.
    Alas, we are rebellious by nature and not inclined to be religious if it is going to require rules, discipline, preferring another above ourselves. This generation is indeed very selfish.
    The Church does let our Lord and Saviour down in our witness because we are weak. It does not make God wrong. If we seek more and more to live and act according to his word then we will be the light and salt we a re meant to be.
    Only by God's grace.
    (Gets off her shoap box now 🙂

  2. Kylie Willison

    Hi Ruby
    Thanks for you comments, I think many, many people deny any spirituality in their lives. To me this article is simply pointing out that there are those who are searching and maybe more should search too. I think often the world views religion as insincere, bigoted, and hypocritical. I know that some of my atheistic friends do. These are some of the things which can put them off religion.

    You're right we 'the church' do let Jesus down in our example!! You're allowed on your soap box any time you like! 🙂 Kylie 🙂

  3. Mackenzie

    I was once a Catholic. Then atheist. Now I'm a Liberal Quaker of the non-theist variety. When I learned about Quakerism, I though, "wow! A religion I actually agree with! Those exist???" The comment I posted over there:

    Liberal Quaker here. We don’t sing hymns, unless it’s spontaneous. We don’t have preachers. We don’t tell people what to believe. We don’t even tell each other what to believe. We believe in that of god in everyone, where “god” may be redefined as necessary. Jesus may be “the Saviour, Son of God” to one Quaker and “a nice guy with some good ideas” to another. Both are fine. Belief in that of god in everyone leads naturally into belief in the equality of all people, regardless of any of those things Gaga says religions discriminate against. Quakers ran the Underground Railroad, were leaders in the women’s suffrage movement, and have pushed for equal rights for LGBTQ folks since the 70s. And yes, Liberal Quakers celebrate gay marriages. Britain Yearly Meeting is actively petitioning Parliament to legalise same sex marriage.

    There are 4 main Quaker testimonies: peace, truth, simplicity, and equality. Sometimes this is expanded to 6 “SPICES”: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship. Friends (“Quakers” is a nickname for the Religious Society of Friends) are encouraged to try to discern through the help of the Inner Light what is right. Messages from the Inner Light can be referred to as “continuing revelation” if you want to put it in a Christian context (Friends used to be strictly Christian, but not anymore). New revelation through the Inner Light supercedes old revelation (such as the Bible), and science is considered one of the avenues through which Truth is revealed (no conflict between science and religion). What one believes beyond the basic testimonies above is highly individual, and I like that.

    By the way, if “no hymns except spontaneous” and “no preachers” confused you: we have unprogrammed worship. Everyone is a minister, none are laypeople, because we are all equally able to receive messages. We sit in silence, waiting upon the voice of the Inner Light/Holy Spirit/Jesus/call-it-what-you-will, and if we are compelled to speak the message we receive to the group, do so. It’s sort of a shared meditation.

  4. Kylie Willison

    Hi Mackenzie
    Thanks for your comment, I knew nothing about the Friends' beliefs. You've given me a lot to think about 🙂

    Kylie 🙂

  5. Leon RJ Brooks

    @Kylie: It would be interesting to see her opinion of the differences between religion & faith.

    Forex, Romanism is (IMESHO) a religion but leaves very little to faith. Atheism is both a religion (chanting mantras about billions of years, invisible matter & energy, etc) & a faith (they have faith that God does not exist). Agnosticism is a faith but not a religion (they are certain that they cannot know whether a deity exists or not, but there are no discernable rituals or ranks).

    @Ruby: the Christian church is in a Laodicean state. Read Revelation 3 for a brief summary, We are generally not sure whether we have faith, & even less sure what to do about it if we do.

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