Franklin Graham and other conservative evangelicals have come to the defense of Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, after pop singer Lady Gaga attacked the Pences as being the “worst representation” of the Christian faith.
The movie star and singer made headlines over the weekend after she slammed Pence for supporting his wife’s decision to teach at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, a school that upholds traditional beliefs on sexuality and marriage.
Karen Pence’s employment there has been the focus of secular media attention in the last week, with criticism of her decision to work at a school that prohibits students and their families from engaging in conduct that goes against the “biblical lifestyle the school teaches.”
Such conduct includes “condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity.”
“You said you should not discriminate against Christianity. You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian,” Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said during her Las Vegas performance. “I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”
Graham, who is the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and has largely supported the social conservative agenda of the Trump administration, took to Facebook to respond to Lady Gaga’s accusation.
Graham stressed that Lady Gaga’s comments are “misguided and unfortunate.”
“Excuse me? As Christians, following Christ means following the teachings of God’s Word,” Graham contested. “The Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is a sin — among many others — and they all have a cost.”
Graham contended that followers of Christ 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,” Graham concluded. “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!”
Many would say that Lady Gaga herself hasn’t lived a life of obedience. During an appearance on Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live” with host Andy Cohen, Lady Gaga gave viewers advice on drug use, and talked about her bisexuality and patronizing strip clubs in Russia before she became sober.
Michael Brown, a messianic Jewish radio host and conservative author, wrote in an op-ed that Lady Gaga has the story about Pence’s school “completely wrong.” Brown said that the school is not banning a group of people but rather a set of behaviors.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith