Pop star Lady Gaga is known for causing a stir and generating controversy, but this week she decided to take on Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen over who better represented Christianity, them or her.
The singer and performer brought her Las Vegas concert to a sudden, screeching halt by stopping her singing and throwing an F-bomb at President Trump for his role in the government shutdown.
As the crowd cheered her political commentary, she then launched into Mike Pence because he “thinks it’s acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans LGBTQ. You [Pence] are wrong!”
Karen Pence has been heavily criticized for returning to her art teaching job at a Christian school that, like many schools of various faiths, does not allow the promotion of homosexual or transgender lifestyles on its campus. The school makes it very clear upfront in their biblically-based statement of faith that it is not the best fit for students and staff members who want to live those lifestyles.
“You said you should not discriminate against Christianity,” Gaga, who identifies as bi-sexual and promotes the homosexual lifestyle, continued. “You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian!”
“I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome,” she added. “So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and you can look yourself in the mirror and you'll find it right there.”
Evangelist Franklin Graham came to the defense of the Pences — and conservative Christians in general — on Tuesday, writing on Facebook, “Lady Gaga, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, may be a very talented singer and actress, but her comments about Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are misguided and unfortunate.”
Repeating her statements about the Pences, he added, “Excuse me? As Christians, following Christ means following the teachings of God’s Word. The Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is a sin — among many others — and they all have a cost.”
The son of the late Billy Graham continued: “We are to seek to live our lives in obedience to His Word. He set the rules, not us; He is the one who defined sin, and out of His love and mercy, He provided a remedy for sin — all sin — through repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.”
“I know Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Pence, and, to me, the way they conduct their lives and exhibit their faith make them the best kind of Christian. What a blessing they are to our nation!” he concluded.
Mike Pence responded to Graham on Twitter, writing, “Thank you @Franklin_Graham. Karen and I truly appreciate your support and prayers!”