Oh, Lady Gaga. You've done it again.
While the pop star's recent song, "Born this Way," conjures up a fair amount of debate amongst us religious folk, Gaga's latest single "Judas" has her permanently on the celebrity prayer chain --wedged between Charlie Sheen and Britney Spears, bless her heart.
I've jammed out to Lady Gaga for a few years now. In the beginning, she seemed innocuous enough. "Just Dance" was a mildly scandalous club tune, asking "How'd I get my shirt inside-out," but encouraging us to "Just dance, it'll be ok, da-da-do." As Gaga's fame has spread, so has her social and political influence and, while I disagree with her causes, I do admire that stands for something.
However, after hearing "Judas," my head and heart really hurt.
The song clearly alludes to the Judas who betrayed Christ in the Gospels -- and Gaga states her alliance, singing, "I'm still in love with Judas, baby," and "Jesus is my virtue; Judas is the demon that I cling to." There are some other disturbing lines in there, but they can't be reprinted in a family-friendly publication like The Bluffton Packet.
"Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demonical power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows down before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashion," Pope Benedict XVI explained at last year's Easter Mass.
Like all of us, Judas was given free will -- a choice -- and while he chose to betray Christ and then despaired, we don't know if he's in heaven or hell.
Gaga claims, "In the most Biblical sense, I am beyond repentance" -- which I find most inaccurately disturbing about her tune. The idea that anyone is beyond repentance smacks the message of Easter right in the face.
More than chocolate bunnies and peeps, this past Sunday should have reminded us that with the resurrection, Christ, "raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him." Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires." (Romans 6:9-12)
Simply put, in "Judas," Gaga aligns herself with a historical figure whose eternal fate remains unknown
Alison Griswold is the director of youth ministry at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. Follow her on Twitter @alisongriz. Read her blog at www.teamcatholic.blogspot.com.