by Charles S. Garabedian
Bradley Cooper has a new film coming out. He and Lady Gaga are the stars. It is a modern version of the famous 1937 American film A Star Is Born, which starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. Trailer No. 1 was just released. You may take a quick look at it here, and I hope you will buy a ticket at your local theater when the movie comes out on October 4, 2018:
Just like the parables of Jesus in the New Testament, I suspect this short blog article is going to look inscrutable to Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. The above title is not about the character Lady Gaga plays in A Star Is Born. Instead, it refers to the real-life poor treatment and emotional agony Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) experienced growing up in Yonkers and New York City in her K-12 years.
Her teenage persecutors apparently did not know who they were dealing with. God had given young Stefani many special gifts to overcome their evil—and thereby “bring to nothing those tormenting somethings.” Bullies always like to pretend they are hot stuff, and they puff themselves up with enormous pride to hurt innocent people. They look “oh so big.” They look “oh so powerful.” They look “oh so with it.” Some of them may be wealthy and at the pinnacle of some social ladder. God used Lady Gaga to cut their feet right out from under them—and by so doing—she gave love and hope to millions of bullied people, neglected people, and socially marginalized people. God used Lady Gaga to teach them that “God don’t make no junk” when it comes to people, and it is okay to love your neighbor as yourself—and yes—love yourself too in a merciful, kind, and respectful way.
To her tormentors, young Stefani Germanotta looked like a foolish thing, a weak thing, a base thing, a thing to be despised, and a thing that is not. Little did they know that Jesus had already laid a foundation for her in the words of the Apostle Paul 2,000 years ago. He had planted within Stefani seeds of talent that would bless her, suffering people everywhere on Earth, and all the rest of us who were willing to listen to her music and marvelous voice. Check it out:
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:26-31).
Stefani was raised as a devout Roman Catholic—with a faith in Jesus she has never renounced or left behind. CathNews, a service of the Australian Catholic Bishops Council, saw fit to publish the following article, which was first printed in The Washington Post:
I know the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are going to cry foul about what I have written here and what The Washington Post and CathNews published about Lady Gaga. The fundies are famous for dealing in hate and bullying—and have done so for the past 100 years. They are just like Stefani’s teenage tormentors. They will yell out:
She’s no Christian—look at her fruits—how she talks, dresses, and behaves!!!
Just ignore them. They know nothing about the arts and crafts of showmanship, and everyone knows that American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have despised the Roman Catholic Church and devout Roman Catholics as far back as anyone can remember. Besides, after licking the dirty shoes of President Donald J. Trump for the past three years, Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have no moral standing left to criticize anyone.