Grammy award-winning singer, Lady Gaga recently got into a social media exchange with a Catholic organization about celebrities sharing their faith. In an article on their site, “From Lady Gaga to Steph Curry: 5 Things to Remember When Celebrities Share Their Faith,” writer Becky Roach writes,
“Many celebrities are 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.”
But Gaga, who grew up Catholic, wasn’t too happy with the blog’s message and took to Instagram to respond to Roach. She posted a screenshot of the quote with the following personal response:
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.
In the article, Roach referred to a picture of Lady Gaga with her priest as an example of celebrities who post about their faith but whose lives don’t seem to mirror their religion.
The article goes on to show us 5 things to remember about Christian Celebrities:
- They’re human just like us. They’re not perfect
- They aren’t God just because they’re famous
- They have the power to influence both good and bad
- We can use their words to start conversations and connect with others
- We need to pray for them
The organization did respond to Gaga stating:
We must confess that her response is one of the most beautiful responses that we have every read from a celebrity. If what she said was authentic – and we believe it to be so! – then we must rejoice at the fact that she is having such a beautiful and powerful experience of God’s tender love and mercy.