About Lady Gaga. Again.
I’ve started several other posts about something Gaga-related over the last few weeks and decided “Nope. Not gonna go there again.” The last thing I want is for this blog to turn into a tirade against all things Gaga.
I made a conscious decision not to write about the “Judas” video. I figured you didn’t really need me to point out most of the issues I have with the song and video … it’s pretty self explanatory. (If you want to do some reading, David Smith did a good job of summing things up over on the Source for Student Ministry’s website).
But I couldn’t ignore this interview with Gaga I read this morning. Let me give you the highlights:
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the singer, whose current single is called Judas, refers to her recent Monster Ball tour as “a religious experience”, becoming for many, an alternative to organised faith. But she goes on to clarify, “it’s more like a pop cultural church” …
Yet she insists: “It’s more self-worship, I think, not of me. I’m teaching people to worship themselves.”
“I’m teaching people to worship themselves.”
Well. At least she’s not being oblique about her intentions. Lady Gaga isn’t the first artist to compare herself to a religion (see also Beatles; John Lennon), and she won’t be the last. But there’s no doubt she’s garnered the full attention of this generation of teens and young adults.
YOU can teach students to choose music that points to God
As a youth leader, you are in a unique position to influence the music students listen to. You’re not their parents (so they may actually listen to what you say). You’re not their peer (so you have a level of authority).
Youth Leaders Only is the best way we’ve come up with to get great Christian music in your hands. We haven’t raised the price of a membership in years (despite rising costs on our end), because as youth leaders ourselves, we know the challenges of a tight ministry budget. We still offer CDs, not because we don’t want to embrace new technology, but because CDs are the best way for you to actually put the music in a student’s hands. After all, you’re probably not going to loan out your iPod to your students.
Don’t let Lady Gaga be their only teacher
Whether you choose to use Youth Leaders Only or not, please find ways to expose your students to Christian music. You can make a difference in what your students listen to. You can introduce music that points towards God and reinforces the lessons you’re teaching. You can help them understand the fallacies in so much of mainstream music.
Please don’t ignore the chance you have to teach truth to your students.