There are a myriad of women, all different ages, who are exceptional leaders. They are especially leaders in the sense of their teachings of how to live life filled with faith and love. Two notable women who lead their lives with God include Mary Magdalene and Lady Gaga. For instance, Mary Magdalene appears in the bible multiple times as an extraordinary woman who gives up her life to love and praise Jesus. In the bible, she is portrayed crying over Jesus’s tomb and at his crucifixion. She was one of the women who witnessed the angel who told her that Jesus had risen. She was a profound follower of Jesus who is also remembered by kissing his feet and washing them. Many people are most surprised to learn that nowhere in the Bible is Mary Magdalene described as a prostitute. However although not written in scripture, the reputation does have church support. Pope Gregory I delivering a sermon that technically stated that Mary Magdalene probably had that job. Indeed, then Mary has more often than not been represented as a prostitute who gave up her awful ways to follow the savior, Jesus.
This sometimes allows a powerful positive effect on women and the image of God being forgiving. Regarding Mary’s time period, her personal life did fit the time era however once she followed Jesus she was known as a radical. We can learn from Mary Magdalene that Jesus always gives peace of love. We must remember to be persistent in faith no matter what sins have occurred and we can learn to spread the gospel. One contemporary leader that reflects Mary’s actions would be Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga is similar to Mary Magdalene through numerous aspects of her life. One example of this is her persistence of faith. Lady Gaga grew up very Catholic and seemed to have always kept that close to her heart. She has always preached the word of God to her friends and fanbase, no matter what others thought of her, especially paparazzi or news crews. This is similar to Mary following Jesus no matter what everyone thought of her. Another instance of their similarities include the fact that Mary has a reputation of being used by men. Lady Gaga had struggled with sexual assault only as a teenager. Although this tested her faith she stuck with Jesus and knew that He would always be there for her.
This is something Lady Gaga has addressed and proudly stated to many. Lady Gaga even mentioned Mary Magdalene as an inspiring leader to her. An article called When Celeberties Share Their Faith, shared their thoughts of faith filled celeberties by saying, Many celebrities are sharing Bible verses, quoting priests, and singing Christian music while at the same time still leading a typical Hollywood lifestyle void of Christian values such as modesty and purity. Lady Gaga wisely defended herself by posting on social media, Mary Magdalene washed the feet of Christ and was protected and loved by him. A prostitute. Someone society shames as if she and her body are a man’s trash can. He loved her and did not judge. He let her cry over him and dry his feet with the hair of a harlot. We are not just celebrities we are humans and sinners, children, and our lives are not void of values because we struggle. We are as equally forgiven as our neighbor.
God is never a trend no matter who the believer. I think this illustrates Lady Gaga’s values perfectly. Her whole act of wearing crazy clothes or costumes is solely to show that even at her craziest she is loved by God. The differences between Lady Gaga and Mary Magdalene include that Lady Gaga obviously is a performer and she has started several charities for sexual abuse, which Mary did not especially in that timer era. A few bible verses that initially described Mary, also stood out to me that they perfectly described Lady Gaga. This includes one from Mark 15:40, “There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James.
While many of the disciples of Jesus, like Peter, were quick to leave Jesus, Mary stayed and followed Christ no matter the cost to herself. This reminds me of how although Lady Gaga is always criticized for being faithful and a pop singer, she still sticks with Jesus and defends herself. Another bible verse is from Luke 24:1-3, “But at daybreak on the first day of the week [the women] took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Mary could have stayed home and mourned or even waited until later to bring the spices to the tomb, but Mary had a servant’s heart. She rose the earlies to serve Christ and honor him.
This again is similar to Lady Gaga’s persistent faith and honoring him the best way she knows how. The last bible verse is from Luke 24:6-8, Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.’ And they remembered his words. Mary never question Jesus and she immediately went to tell the disciples what she had seen and heard. Lady Gaga too never questioned Jesus although she was tested by her sexual assault. She still became even stronger than ever. In conclusion, although there are many differences between Mary Magdalene, the biblical leader, and Lady Gaga, the pop performer, they still both keep God the center of their life. Thus, this inspires many to keep God the center of every relationship or activity.
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