Not many 24 year olds can say that they are in the top ten of Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Or that their Facebook page has 30,962,180 likes and counting.
Lady Gaga: A Psalmist’s Perspective
Written by Hanna Luong, Christian Renewal magazine
Not many 24 year olds can say that they are in the top ten of Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Or that their Facebook page has 30,962,180 likes and counting. Or that their face and their fashion are internationally recognizable. Or that they make millions.
But Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, best known as Lady Gaga, can. How does she do it? She who endorses what scripture condemns. She who works tirelessly to develop the glory of her own image, claiming that “[artists] are nothing without [it].” Lady Gaga is one remarkable example of what has been a trend for thousands of years: the seeming prosperity and success of those who do not find their help in God.
Consider Psalm 73. Asaph perceived that there were no pangs in the death of the wicked, that their strength was firm, that they were not in trouble or plagued as other men, but that they had “more than heart could wish,” while he, a follower of God, was plagued all day long and chastened every morning. Doesn’t it often seem unfair that in spite of our prayers and our practice of daily faithfulness that we are often left job hunting while our fellow graduates have good jobs, or that we never “get ahead” financially while our friends seem to have “more than heart could wish,” as the psalmist puts it….
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