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Born This Way
The Theological, Moral, and Scientific Revelations of Lady Gaga’s New Song
An article from Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com
2/3/2011

Lady Gaga’s a bit mysterious: wearing dresses made of meat, hanging herself during live performances, and leaving her eyelashes on the pillows of her lovers.

But “mystery” has left the building with her brand new song, Born This Way. When it comes to Gaga’s views on homosexuality, the only way to describe her is “crystal clear.”

(Click Here for a Music Discussion guide—complete with small group questions and scripture—to talk with young people about this song.)

The Mother Monster
Lady Gaga is an international superstar, but she doesn’t have a single fan. Instead, she has “monsters” (fans) and refers to herself as “The Mother Monster.” If you don’t know who Lady Gaga is, our archived Youth Culture Window article is a must read. It tells the story of Stefani Germanotta and her metamorphosis into Lady Gaga, helping you understand why (and how) she puts herself at the center of entertainment, culture, and controversy in America today.

Lady Gaga is no stranger to debate or the political scene; she tried to rally her fans and voters against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy during last year’s midterm vote. Her speech hinged on the idea that “equality is the prime rib of America.” At the 2010 VMAs on MTV, Lady Gaga donned a dress made out of (real) meat during one segment of the show. (She’s known for her many, strange costume changes during the annual program.) Though it confused most people – and even angered PETA – it was Gaga’s attempt at a jab at the U.S. military for not allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in uniform.

The latest news surrounding Lady Gaga is her work on a perfume that smells like semen and blood. (Just in time for Valentine’s Day….) Wow, our wives would love a bottle of that!

Born This Way
That’s actually the title of her upcoming (and eagerly awaited) song. (A side note—it will be interesting to see which album cover releases with the song and her new album. Most of the images we’ve seen so far have nudity- including the original image of the one we edited/cropped above—truly the cleanest one in the bunch. She doesn’t seem to like wearing pants very much.) On the night she won a record-setting 8 awards at the 2010 VMAs – including the top prize of Best Video – a tearful Lady Gaga burst into previously unheard lyrics from the chorus of her yet-to-be-released song, Born This Way. Since that moment, millions – on both sides of the fence – have waited for the release of the song so they could buy it…or bash it.

I, Jonathan, have been following Gaga on her Twitter page ever since I wrote the original article about her on our web site. On January 27, 2011, Gaga tweeted from her BlackBerry, “Maybe I should leak the lyrics to Born This Way today, whatdya say.” She followed through on her offer, much to the delight of millions of her “monsters.” Here is the song’s complete set of lyrics:

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU LOVE HIM, OR CAPITAL H-I-M
JUST PUT YOUR PAWS UP
‘CAUSE YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY, BABY

MY MAMA TOLD ME WHEN I WAS YOUNG
WE ARE ALL BORN SUPERSTARS
SHE ROLLED MY HAIR AND PUT MY LIPSTICK ON?IN THE GLASS OF HER BOUDOIR
"THERE'S NOTHIN WRONG WITH LOVIN WHO YOU ARE"
SHE SAID, "'CAUSE HE MADE YOU PERFECT, BABE"
"SO HOLD YOUR HEAD UP GIRL AND YOU'LL GO FAR,
LISTEN TO ME WHEN I SAY"

I'M BEAUTIFUL IN MY WAY
'CAUSE GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY
DON'T HIDE YOURSELF IN REGRET
JUST LOVE YOURSELF AND YOU'RE SET
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY

OOO THERE AIN'T NO OTHER WAY
BABY I WAS BORN THIS WAY
BABY I WAS BORN THIS WAY
OOO THERE AIN'T NO OTHER WAY
BABY I WAS BORN
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY
DON'T BE A DRAG -JUST BE A QUEEN
DON'T BE A DRAG -JUST BE A QUEEN
DON'T BE A DRAG -JUST BE A QUEEN
DON'T BE!

GIVE YOURSELF PRUDENCE
AND LOVE YOUR FRIENDS
SUBWAY KID, REJOICE YOUR TRUTH
IN THE RELIGION OF THE INSECURE
I MUST BE MYSELF, RESPECT MY YOUTH
A DIFFERENT LOVER IS NOT A SIN
BELIEVE CAPITAL H-I-M (HEY HEY HEY)
I LOVE MY LIFE I LOVE THIS RECORD AND
MI AMORE VOLE FE YAH (LOVE NEEDS FAITH)

DON'T BE A DRAG, JUST BE A QUEEN
WHETHER YOU'RE BROKE OR EVERGREEN
YOU'RE BLACK, WHITE, BEIGE, CHOLA DESCENT
YOU'RE LEBANESE, YOU'RE ORIENT
WHETHER LIFE'S DISABILITIES
LEFT YOU OUTCAST, BULLIED, OR TEASED
REJOICE AND LOVE YOURSELF TODAY
'CAUSE BABY YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY
NO MATTER GAY, STRAIGHT, OR BI,
LESBIAN, TRANSGENDERED LIFE
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN TO SURVIVE
NO MATTER BLACK, WHITE OR BEIGE
CHOLA OR ORIENT MADE
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN TO BE BRAVE

I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!
I'M ON THE RIGHT TRACK BABY
I WAS BORN THIS WAY HEY!

Well…at least the song’s not as vague as Puff the Magic Dragon.

A Clear Message (That’s Clearly Flawed)
If we were to sum up this song’s message, we’d say, “Lady Gaga believes homosexuals or bisexuals are born that way, so let them live that lifestyle because they cannot help it.” As lovingly and respectfully as we can, we must say, there’s a lot about this song, and its message, that’s intrinsically wrong and internally incongruent. Just take a look at some of the key lyrics in this song to see for yourself.

For starters, Lady Gaga encourages her listeners to “just love yourself and you’re set.” Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as that. Honestly, we sometimes wish it was! But it’s simply not. If a guy goes around shooting other people – but loves himself – is he “set” by cultural standards? Just ask anybody impacted by the actions of Jared Loughner. You’ll get a resounding “no!”

Is the woman who displays wrathful anger to everyone a perfectly capable benchmark for civility…so long as she loves herself? Is the kid who steals from others (to sustain a drug habit) off the hook because he loves himself? Nope and nope.

Although a healthy self esteem is a good thing, I’m not “set” just because I happen to love me. Neither are you. Neither is Lady Gaga.

Furthermore, as followers of Christ, our identities and our value must come from who we are “in Christ.” Consider the words of the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 4:5 when he said, “We don’t preach ourselves, we preach Christ the Lord.” As believers, our value flows from what Jesus did for us.

But Gaga isn’t looking from that perspective. If we continue to look at her lyrics, several times, Lady Gaga also goes on to say, “Oooo there ain’t no other way.” Are her listeners to believe that if homosexual tendencies are sensed by a person, they should simply give up hope, give in, and go fully gay? After all, “there’s no other way.”

I’m not buying it. The alcoholic celebrating 17 years of sobriety would never lend himself to that logic. “Well, I want a beer –really badly – and since there’s ‘no other way’ I guess I’ll just give in.”

We can keep the conversation about sex, but switch to a heterosexual orientation. I’ll humbly display some personal vulnerability here to make the point. I, David, am a married man, a man who gave certain promises to a certain woman on September 15, 2001 (yep, just days after the terrorist attacks). Those promises must define me as a husband, father, pastor, and person…even though, at times, a promise-breaking sexual desire (or two) rears its ugly head in my mind or heart.

Am I to say to myself – and my wife – when a beautiful woman walks by, “Well, ‘there’s no other way,’ so I’m just gonna give in to these strong urges I feel…and go have an affair”?

Let me, Jonathan, take it a step further—and I apologize ahead of time for this taboo example. But what if a voluptuous 14-year-old girl walked by David when he was sitting by the swimming pool. If David were to allow himself to look at her body and observe it’s beauty, he could very realistically start desiring her. I know many of you might think, “That’s sick!” Trust me, as a father of a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, I readily agree. But do you realize how many men look at porn sites that advertise “Teens”? Let’s face it. Women—even young girls—look good to men. So should men just give themselves up to that desire and say, “Wow, I guess I was just born with this desire?”

Should we just give into every sexual urge, no matter how taboo?

Should we give into anger every time someone cuts us off on the freeway?

Should we give into the desire to overeat?


What if we were “born” with those desires?

Lady Gaga’s mindset reeks of flawed logic, a defeatist attitude, and a search for behavioral justification. So, when she says, “There’s no other way,” the truth is, “Actually, yes there is!”

Did God Make Us This Way?
Let’s take a more spiritual slant in our conversation (because that’s what Lady Gaga’s lyrics invite us to do). Without a doubt, Lady Gaga insinuates that God made her a bisexual:

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU LOVE HIM, OR CAPITAL H-I-M
JUST PUT YOUR PAWS UP
‘CAUSE YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY, BABY


and

"THERE'S NOTHIN WRONG WITH LOVIN WHO YOU ARE"
SHE SAID, "'CAUSE HE MADE YOU PERFECT, BABE"


and

I'M BEAUTIFUL IN MY WAY
'CAUSE GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES

So, we’re to believe that God created Lady Gaga – and certain others – to be homosexual/bisexual. I’m not buying that either, for two main reasons.

First, Lady Gaga makes the scientific assertion that she was, in fact, born this way (as a bisexual). That’s a fascinating claim for a pop star to make – especially a pop star without any training in the world of genetics. Of course, we’ve both had zero training in that discipline, as well, but we’ve read a ton of literature and research on both sides of the argument. As a result, we know the only true assertion that can be made about homosexuality’s connection to genes echoes the findings of Simon LeVay, the famous genome researcher and gay activist. Here is his finding: a homosexual-causing gene has yet to be discovered. Note: this wasn’t James Dobson or some TV evangelist saying this. This is geneticist Simon LeVay. Perhaps Gaga should listen to LeVay, and then she would realize that her “born this way” theory holds no water.

Second, Lady Gaga is making a spiritual assertion at the same time. (By the way, I just love it when celebrities pretend to be theologians.) Lady Gaga wants us to believe that God would intentionally create people in a fashion that’s contradictory to His desires for their life as revealed in the Bible. Everywhere homosexuality is mentioned in the Bible, it’s denounced as a sinful lifestyle. To be clear, God loves homosexuals, and so should the Church and its leaders, but the Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is a sin (like all others) that people need to be rescued from by Jesus.

But that’s not Lady Gaga’s only interaction with spiritual matters. She also confidently declares in her song, “A different lover is not a sin.” Fair warning, Lady Gaga, if you’re gonna use God’s terminology (sin), you’re gonna have to use it in the same context He did.

Not even a reckless reading of the Bible (Old Testament or New) would yield an interpretation even close to the one Lady Gaga purports. Sex outside of marriage has always been labeled as sin by the Bible. And, by the way, marriage, according to the Bible, was always between men and women.

It’s really easy to see that Lady Gaga is propping up her entire argument on some very shaky ground. But since it’s Lady Gaga who’s making all the noise, millions of teenagers will listen to what she has to say, regardless.

Lady Gaga isn’t saying anything new in her song; her message is consistent with the one propelled by many advocates of same-sex marriage and an openly gay-friendly military. But it’s a powerful and polarizing message nonetheless. Several groups – besides Christians – have already spoken out against her song. According to MTV, the Chicanos Unidos Arizona and MEChA are upset over Gaga’s use of the words “Chola” and “Orient” in the tune’s lyrics.

But what should we as parents and youth leaders do with her song?
    In all things, model the love of Christ. The Bible records no instance of an interaction between Jesus and a homosexual. However, many stories are shared about Jesus’ interactions with sinners, including a woman who was caught having an extramarital affair (John 8). Jesus always spoke in loving ways to people caught up in sexual sin, while also sharing with them an uncompromising truth. So, whether you’re discussing the issue/song with someone, or teaching a lesson on it, or trying to take a stand, remember to do it the way Jesus did it: with love.

    Be prepared to discuss this issue/song (at length). My prediction is, this song will be big. Not only is there a name like Lady Gaga behind it, but it’s been discussed and anticipated for months. But even if the song tanks and never threatens the top of the charts, it will still make plenty of waves (which is almost as good as far as Lady Gaga is concerned). So, be prepared to have residual conversations about this issue/song with the teenagers in your life. One talk probably won’t do the trick.

    Don’t be afraid to quote the Bible in your discussions. Granted, there are plenty of reasons to reject homosexuality that have nothing to do with the Bible, but since Lady Gaga has invited God into the conversation via her song’s lyrics, feel free to (lovingly) use His Word to let Him weigh in on the subject. Again, the key is “love.” Frankly, the homosexual community’s decision to bring God into the conversation only increases the arguments against their agenda, but since they did, our responsibility is to present a well-crafted, loving, life-redeeming response to them. If you need a little help with that, check out this lengthy article on the subject.

    In the end, Lady Gaga “thinks” she was born bisexual (even though she cannot prove it). Let me tell you what I “know” about Lady Gaga’s birth (or, Stefani Germanotta, as she was called at the time).

      “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalms 139:13)

      “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you….” (Jeremiah 1:5)

    That is how Lady Gaga was born! So join us in praying that Lady Gaga will also experience the second birth that Jesus talks about in John 3, the spiritual birth that will lead to her eternal life.


Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.



David R. Smith David R. Smith is a 15-year youth ministry veteran who helps youth workers and parents through his writing, training, and speaking. David specializes in sharing the gospel, and equipping others do the same. He co-authored his first book this year, Ministry By Teenagers. David provides free resources to anyone who works with teenagers on his website, DavidRSmith.org. David resides with his wife and son in Tampa, Florida.



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   jude hirman         4/7/2011 12:00:55 PM

I am comparing the argument that there is no gay gene because it has not been 'scientifically' proven to the fact that "God has not been proven real." I do believe in God, and he does not need to be proven to me because I feel him. What I meant was it is not a valid argument to use science only in the ways one thinks proves his point, if the author is going to use science as part of his argument, he should expect lots more questions about other aspects of his argument in. The Bible and God are so incredibly complex that with out little human minds, we can't possibly expect to understand everything. However, we can ask God what his plan for us is and through the holy spirit we can learn to understand. This is what I've done, and there is no doubt in my mind that God wants me to be anything other than what I am and how I am.

   Josh         4/5/2011 1:06:18 PM

Jude, I am very confused when you said God has not been proven real, and yet you posted quotes from the bible as if you believed it is real. And Jason, your probably talking about the wrong light of the day. For me it's God's light, not the world's light. And I'm sure Jonathan is loving himself. As a homosexual myself, I believe it is fully wrong, and I wouldn't change my mind one bit. God never created Adam and Steve. Man + woman = relationship. No man + man, or woman + woman. That doesn't work. I guarantee most gay men or woman won't ever be truely satisfied with that relationship. I know I wasn't, even when I was in a relationship with a guy, it just fell apart. And I knew then God had different plans for me. I might stay single because of my sexuality, and I'm okay with that. I'm doing this for God. And as for Lady Gaga, I was a fan until this song came out. Right then I knew that she would be a ungodly influence on me. Of course I enjoy listening to Telephone and Just Dance, but that's it. I believe we were born with sin. I can't help this feelings, but I can for surely stop acting upon them.

   Jason         3/18/2011 6:48:04 AM

You must be really stupid, Jonathan. Get you're head out of the bible and start loving yourself and then maybe you'll see the light of day :-(. By the way I'm straight..not by choice, but because it's the way I happen to be and can't change it.

   Jude Hirman         3/14/2011 8:07:35 AM

- Leviticus 19: 13b also says “Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight” but most of us get paid bimonthly, is this a sin? - Leviticus 19: 27 “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard,” is this a sin? - 1 Chorinthians 11:5 “And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.” - 1 Corinthians 11:13 “Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?” So, God will only accept my prayers if I am wearing a toque? … or can I wear a fedora? - 1 Timothy 2:12 “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” All women pastors, professors, teachers, etc are sinning because they are teaching men? - Ephesians 5:22 “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” - 1 John 4: 8 “God is love.” All love? Or just love between straight people. Is it maybe possible that the bible is outdated in some aspects? Including the part about haircuts, women and gay people? Jonathan McKee/David Smith missed the entire point of Lady Gaga’s song “Born this way” and created a manipulated version to suit their beliefs. Not only is he making a ridiculous comparison between sexual preference and crime, he also dismisses sexuality as a tendency. Sexuality is much more complex than he gives it credit as seen in his naïve and poorly researched statements. McKee/Smith take Lady Gaga’s lyrics very literally and accuse her of making assertions on subjects she is not educated on, then they do the same thing but try to gain credibility by explaining that they’ve read an article or two on the subject and use this to strengthen their argument. McKee’s/Smith’s cynical dismissal of arguments on the gay gene is one sided and not fully explored. The entire argument is convoluted and contradictory. Putting gay people into the same category as murderers and drug addicts is ignorant and insulting. Gay people do not harm anyone, they simply want to be able to show love and affection to their partners the same way straight people do. Drug addicts and murderers harm themselves, their families, other peoples families, and on a larger scale cause fear amongst individuals in society. Gay people are not breaking any laws by loving someone of the same sex. Drug addicts and murderers—I think it’s self-explanatory. Drug addicts and murderers have a choice, being gay is NOT a choice. Why would anyone choose to be despised by the general population? Why would anyone choose to be targeted on a daily basis by heterosexism, not to mention homophobia? Why would gay teens across North America come out only to be teased and bullied by not only their classmates, but often times their families too, to the point of resorting to suicide as the only solution they can find. If this was a choice, the options are very easy, be straight and ‘normal’ according to society’s standards or be gay and be marginalized for the rest of your life. Whether or not you are ‘born this way’ or that, the fact is you have no control of who you fall in love with; plans don’t always go the way you want them to. For McKee/Smith to judge gay people and place them in the same category as criminals and addicts is ‘intrinsically wrong and internally incongruent.’ McKee/Smith challenge Lady Gaga to use “sin” in the same context God did, though in their argument they do not do the same. The article brings up a taboo example of not acting on a desire for a ‘voluptuous’ 14 year old female, which apparently is a realistic desire for a man of God. Not acting on desire does not equal sinless. In face take this verse: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. (From the NIV Bible, Matthew 5:28-30)" McKee/Smith are only humans. Of course they will see women (or heaven forbid, men) and they will feel attractions because that’s what human beings do, we are attracted to people and we desire them. Yet, neither of them have gouged out their eyes. The point is, if they harp on Gaga for not using ‘sin’ the same way God did, they should probably ensure that they’re ducks are all in order- in this case they are not. Desires are only a small fraction of what sexuality is. Ask any gay person and he/she will tell you that being gay is not just a physical desire, it is much more emotional. Its not about having ‘tendencies,’ it’s about discovering who you are and once you’ve discovered it accepting yourself and learning to love yourself, this is one part of Gaga’s main message. Although, many people have gay tendencies not all are gay, some are bicurious and their tendencies only go as far as a sexual fantasy. Others, however, discover that they are gay, probably around the same time straight people discover that they are straight. Again being gay is not a choice and so I’m a bit confused about what McKee/Smith mean by ‘give up hope, give in, and go fully gay.’ What hope are gay people giving up? The hope that they might be what society wants them to be? And what does it mean to “go” fully gay? Can someone “go” fully straight? Sexuality is so much more complex than what McKee/Smith claim it to be, perhaps because simplifying it is the only way they can understand such a complicated aspect of human nature. Their cynicism does not stop there. If McKee/Smith suggests that Lady Gaga’s song lyrics “born this way” are scientific assertions because he chooses to take them in the most literal way then should we take Worship song lyrics literally as well? “Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name,” last time I said “Jesus” to the Atlantic ocean, nothing really happened, and the Rocky’s also stayed put. These lyrics, just like many worship songs are not meant to be taken literally. The lyrics are meant to be creative and poetic. Lady Gaga’s message is to love and accept oneself. In a world where there is so much hate, Gaga is asking people to stop judging one another and to be who you are. If you can’t accept and love yourself, how do you expect others to love and accept you? Gaga is also not making a spiritual assertion, she is just saying that God made us the way he did. Perhaps God made queers to teach closed minded Christians about tolerance and acceptance? Maybe that has been God’s plan for gays all along. Sure, being born gay has never been proven. Does it need to be? Will the church then accept homosexuality? I refuse to waste much time and effort going into the nature vs. nurture debate, although, I will say this; even if it is the environment that you are in that shapes your sexuality, children from a young age cannot choose the environment they are in; even adults don’t have control of their surroundings. I don’t believe that having feelings for someone is a conscious effort, if it is then it is forced and not genuine. The bible does make it clear that homosexuality is wrong, it also makes it clear that men should not eat shellfish, have sex with their wives while on their menstrual cycle and that women are to remain silent in churches and allow the men to do the speaking. I know some of these laws have been revoked in the New Testament, but not all. Secondly, have they found a straight gene? Heterosexuality has also not been scientifically proven, yet there is a rather large number of people who believe its real and it exists. McKee’s/Smith’s cynically disclaim Lady Gaga’s knowledge on the subject of the gay gene, however, having ‘read and researched’ the gay gene does not make him more knowledgeable than Lady Gaga, who also may have read an article or two on the subject. The ‘straight’ gene is just as important to find as the ‘gay’ gene in the argument for and against being ‘born’ with one sexuality over another. Furthermore, there has been overwhelming evidence disproving creationism. I guess McKee and Smith decided to pick and choose parts of scientific findings to support their beliefs, just like they pick and choose parts of the bible (by the way- I’m not criticizing that they pick and choose parts of the bible since there is so much contradiction in the entire book, one would have to pick and choose since it is impossible for ALL of it to be true). On a side and personal note, it has always troubled me when people in leadership positions feed the minds of the young with dogmatic narrow minded views without exploring any other sides of an issue. McKee/Smith are some of these leaders. I wonder if McKee/Smith even know what “intrinsically wrong and internally incongruent” mean, because I think if they did, they would see how their arguments are lacking substance and are partial. Throwing big words on a subject does not give credibility to an author. To sum it up for those that do not wish to read this entire response: • choosing to shoot people/do drugs/gamble is not the same as being attracted to and loving someone of the same sex (it’s a little ridiculous that I even have to make this statement). • Lady Gaga, Jonathan McKee and David Smith all don’t use ‘sin’ the same way God does in the bible. • Sexuality is more than tendencies and desires • Lyrics to this song are meant to be creative/poetic just like worship songs, taking them literally is unintelligent. • Gay gene has not been proven. Straight gene has not been proven. God has not been proven. Scientific evidence has disproven creationism. Finally, the message of this song is acceptance and love and I think that when Jesus comes back for the rapture, there will be a lot of very disappointed Christians that will likely be left behind with all the homos because Jesus will turn to them and say “THAT’S NOT WHAT I FRIGGIN MEANT.”

   oyebola         2/26/2011 9:56:04 AM

this is powerful i need to share this with my group

   Zeth Watts         2/25/2011 7:22:23 AM

Thanks for taking the Biblical offensive on this song. Sometimes it seems silly to make a big deal over a song, but the fact is it is a big deal. Thanks for your transparency David. The lyrics at the beginning of the song: "Put your paws up" are seemingly out of place with the song. Any ideas about that? Thanks for your work and efforts.

   Kevin Kelley         2/22/2011 11:16:33 AM

Thanks so much for addressing this! I think its really sad that parents aren't more protective of their children. It is a medical fact that the frontal cortex of the brain that understands the long term consequences for choices made, is not fully developed until about the age of 20. Children LITERALLY need someone guiding them into paths that have good long term consequences. Its sad when their teachers have them making Choices, that they don't really understand yet. In fact Gaga is really helping to make them this way! Once they realize what they have done, they are already in it, addicted, and ashamed. Its just sad. Thank you for doing this. Can you believe that some Christians support her? Now I have a place to send them!

   Jeff Thomson         2/17/2011 2:49:33 PM

Good article! Thanks for writing

   Jared         2/17/2011 1:17:42 PM

I agree with the sentiments and the Spirit that this article is written however, I think it lacks in depth of other issues related to the Christian Faith. More times than not God condemns people for not taking care of the needy. How can we as believers continue to condemn others for what they due and yet we live extremely comfortable lives far above the rest of the world. Let's get the plank out our own eyes. It's easy to point to Lady Gaga's of the world and explain how wrong they are, this is not a tough subject! What are we required to do as believers, I am sure it is more than "expose" pop stars. By the way, when you talk about giving in, Jesus said if you look and have a thought you have committed adultery. So according to scripture we have already given in even if we never commit the act.

   Christina         2/17/2011 10:39:20 AM

Excellent article! Well said.

   Jackie Dunsmore         2/15/2011 5:57:14 AM

Thank you for such a clear and compelling response to this new song, which I am confident will hit the top of the charts quickly and stay there for some time. Lady Gaga is having a strong influence on teens. They are intrigued by her unexpected costumes and antics. Her constant flow against the "status quo" speaks to their hearts. Anyone who watched the Lady Gaga interview on 60 minutes before the Grammy's sure observed a troubled young woman, who has tremendous savvy for knowing how to keep her fans on a short leash, but exhibits a heart damaged by drug use and a need to have the world focus on her.

   Eric Drake         2/11/2011 2:11:58 PM

Wow what a tuff article this must have been to write. You guys knocked it out of the park though! Uncompromising truth served with a side of love, awesome job guys!

   Josh         2/11/2011 1:04:37 PM

Absolutely great article! I personally struggle with homosexuality, and I used to be a fan of Lady Gaga. But this totally crossed the line, despite how catchy the song is. It's a very un-godly song, and I agree it's going to be a big song. But thank you for keeping my mind straight about this issue!

   trevor         2/10/2011 10:42:57 AM

This is the first time in my years in youth ministry that I have had to deal with this specifically with an openly gay student who also calls themselves a Christian. Still new to a church setting and trying to figure out how to handle it. Your other article is an easy one for me to grasp as I fully understand the theological question and answer. My trouble is figuring out how to balance the response of the parents, students and individual while still calling "sin sin" as you said. This is a tough one. The student still shows up so the door is not closed. I just hope I'm not the one who contributes to its shutting if this occurs. This is a tough one. Thanks for extra insight.

   Dinah         2/10/2011 9:27:02 AM

Great guys! Thanks a bunch! Very helpful for me..Im someone who is passionate to prove GOD is worth everything esp to my teens but needs help w the homework in todays culture issues!..& it leaves me more time to study His Word! SO THANKS again!

   Mike         2/8/2011 2:58:01 PM

Just a comment - another internal inconsistency in the song is 'you're born this way' does not equate with 'transgendered'...Lady G, you need to pick one... Obviously understanding the Fall is critical to a good theology of 'how I was born' too...

   Greg         2/8/2011 2:09:32 PM

Great to see a Christian ministry with the guts to speak up about this topic. As mentioned in the "Coming Out of the Closet" article, it's certainly sad to see so many churches either avoid this topic or change their views on this issue so as to not ruffle any feathers. Thanks again for having the courage to hold the biblical line! One thing I would adjust is the phrase "homosexuality is a sin". Sometimes this can be misleading (even though you explain pretty thoroughly what you mean by this). In Catholic moral theology it is always clarified that "homosexual ACTS" are sinful, which helps distinguish the difference between someone who has homosexual desires and remains chaste vs. someone who has homosexual desires and doesn't remain chaste. But, I believe you are saying the same thing with your article anyhow. Again, thanks for the great article and keep up the good work!

   Jake         2/8/2011 12:59:53 PM

Great article, very helpful!

   Steve Swan         2/8/2011 11:47:11 AM

One of the things I have found helpful talk to my students about is the difference between homosexual orientation (not sinful) and homosexual behavior (sinful). Also, I don't think Lady Gaga would self-identify as a homosexual as this article asserts, though she has admitted to sexual relationships with men and women. Maybe it's just semantics.

   Matt         2/8/2011 11:32:59 AM

great article, but I can already hear the gaga fans in my youth group defending her message as one of loving acceptance to the disabled, bullied, and teased members of society. . . .

   Linda Granato         2/8/2011 9:51:47 AM

love this one! to the point and makes the point well! we need to find more ways to speak with our kids re: the songs they are listening to---this would be a good one!

   israel         2/8/2011 8:16:10 AM

great article guys. And i agree to what you guys say.. it's like the saying goes, love the sinner, hate the sin. May the Lord continue to use you guys and equip the body of Christ to share His word.

   Jonathan McKee         2/8/2011 8:11:39 AM

Thanks for all your comments so far. The thanks goes primarily to David on this one- he wrote the majority of this article, I just chimed in a few times.

   dan manns         2/8/2011 8:07:08 AM

I just want to say thanks Jonathan for this well thought out and well articulated column. As a busy youth pastor/ husband/ father of four I feel better equipped to talk about this song with students and especially my own children after reading this. Yet another helpful resource from The Source!

   Doug Milne         2/8/2011 7:42:20 AM

Excellent...thanks for the article.

   Daniel Lee         2/8/2011 7:08:17 AM

Thank you for a well written article on this guys.

   Graham John         2/8/2011 7:06:42 AM

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   Jonathan McKee         2/7/2011 10:15:45 AM

Yes- this isn't a lesson. The articles on our Youth Culture Window page will always be in article format. But you'll notice that, near the bottom of this article we link another EXTENSIVE (that's Greek for LONG) article on the subject that goes into great detail. I'll have to talk with our team and see what they think about creating some "curriculum" on this subject.

   Jon Forrest         2/7/2011 9:20:51 AM

Thanks for tackling a tough subject. It's hard to do that lovingly. I was a little disappointed there wasn't more lesson material until I realized this wasn't a lesson. It was an article. Looking fwd to the lesson too.














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