As with all things celebrity related, you can’t please everyone. When a famous person talks about Jesus, there are as many people who want them to clam up as there are those who fault them for not speaking about their faith more often. Similarly, some conservative Christians are always ready to throw stones when liberal celebrities talk about Jesus, accusing them of being hypocritical for living a lifestyle not in accordance with strict Biblical interpretations.
That dichotomy was the subject of a post on Catholic-Link called “From Lady Gaga to Steph Curry: 5 Things to Remember When Celebrities Share Their Faith,” which reflected on the “trend” of celebrities “sharing Bible verses, quoting priests, and singing Christian music while at the same time still leading a typical Hollywood lifestyle void of Christian values such as modesty and purity.”
While the post was overall even-handed and not terribly critical, that sentence seemed to strike a chord with one of the celebrities mentioned in it. Lady Gaga recently got wind of the post, screenshotted the aforementioned quote and penned a thoughtful response on Instagram, which you can read below.
Dear, Becky Roach Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Christ and was protected and loved by him. A prostitute. Someone society shames as if she and her body are a man’s trash can. He loved her and did not judge. He let her cry over him and dry his feet with the hair of a harlot. We are not just “celebrities” we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbor. God is never a trend no matter who the believer.
The gist of Gaga’s ‘gram was to point out that Biblical Jesus hung out with sinners and society’s cast-offs, and to take umbrage with the idea that she expresses her faith (she recently quoted and posed with a Catholic priest on Instagram) simply because it’s on-trend.
“We are not just ‘celebrities’ — we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbor. God is never a trend no matter who the believer,” Gaga wrote.
Well, the Catholic website responded, and — unlike Madonna’s contentious relationship with the faith she was raised in — it seems all is well between Gaga and her fellow faithful.
“Your screenshot was one part of the article which was not aimed at judging you,” Catholic-Link wrote on Instagram. In a separate post, they called her response “beautiful” and “authentic,” adding, “We must rejoice at the fact that she is having such a beautiful and powerful experience of God’s tender love and mercy.”
Check out their full Instagram response below
Dear @ladygaga, your screen shot was a one part of the article which was not aimed at judging you, rather it was an effort to help Catholics to have a balanced and positive view of when celebrities publicly share their faith. It was an invitation to value the hunger of God that exists in the world of the famous. It was a reminder to not forget that they, like us, are fragile and that we should not judge, rather pray for them. This said, what you wrote is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the most touching comments we have ever read. Know that we will be praying that experience of God’s mercy continue to grow and bear fruits for you, for the people that you love, and all of your followers.