In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time
On the surface of things, the Famed Monster may be considered blasphemous, sacrilegious, anti-christ (as I have heard some referred to her) or simply demonic. However, I believe Gaga provides [fundamentalist] Christians with an excellent opportunity to interrogate notions of evil, righteousness, love, justice and how Jesus defines and negotiates all of those as He (the supposed Divine)engages frail, depraved humanity.
I first became aware of Lady Gaga's infamous song while reading a blog post by one of the persons I follow on twitter (You can read his post HERE). I found his post quite interesting but I needed to hear what Gaga was saying for myself and to answer the question that he posed, "Gaga, The Illuminati and The Catholic Church : How Far Is Too Far?" I could not determine if she had gone far without knowing what exactly she said. Thus begun my own "Enquiry" into the matter (A real enquiry; not like the one recently concluded. I wanted to get to truth).
Lady Gaga and Her Judas
For Gaga, Judas might have been her metaphor for love. The betrayal experienced by someone you love(d) or because of love is painful but then you find yourself forgiving love and loving again. By using this powerful metaphor, Gaga juxtaposes betrayal in romantic love relationships with the betrayal in the relationship between Judas and Jesus. Is she saying the two men were in love? That is a simplistic, unsophisticated way of understanding her metaphor! She is offering a paradigm for us to look deeper into that particular relationship and to review our former perceptions of Judas. Perhaps, there was a meaningful relationship between the two despite the betrayal; despite the tension and like love is always forgiven (despite its many betrayal), Judas might have been forgiven by Jesus. Love should not be hated because someone we loved hurt us; neither should Judas be demonised and repudiated. Didn't something beautiful come out of his betrayal of the Christians' Saviour?
Jesus and His Judas
It is interesting to know that Christians are perhaps alone in "dissing" (demonising) Judas. Not even the Jesus that they follow feels the same way about Judas. So from whence comes this bitterness and condemnation and ostracism of Judas from the "Hall of Faith"? What disqualifies him? Is it ungodly to fall to one's vulnerabilities? Was he not one of the chosen 12? I believe these are the serious questions Gaga is asking The Church to answer... And they are fair questions.
If Jesus is God, Then he must have known of Judas' intentions and he must have discerned Judas' heart. Yet he kept Judas around and protected him from exposure before others. Tension between the two was no secret. While Jesus was having his feet washed, with expensive perfume (worth a year's wage) by some hooker, Judas was saying to him that better things could have been done with the money she used to do that; but she wasted it on you! Yet, Jesus (Yeshua)did not expel him from the crew. Even the night when Jesus announced his own betrayal, he deliberately protected the identity of His betrayer (Everyone around the table was asking, "Is it I?", Unaware that Judas was the culprit. Perhaps Jesus knew that the others would have done exactly what Christians are doing today - Bash Judas. Peter would have drawn out sword long time. Gaga offers redemption to the image of Judas. Like Jesus, she shields him from the onslaughts of the religious and offers salvation to the reputation of one considered (in the most biblical way) to be "beyond repentance." Both Gaga and Jesus see beyond a perceived villain and embraces the pureness of the soul of the individual. Both Gaga and Jesus are seen as pop icons of their day for going up against religious and social status quo. Both Gaga and Jesus tend to situate themselves with those who have been shoved outside the margins of society by those who man it boundaries and both are constantly repudiated by the religious sect of their respective era. Striking similarities!!!
So having listened to Gaga myself, I am in a far better position to answer the implicit question in my friend's post (albeit he was referring to her artistic rights), "Had Gaga gone too Far?" Gaga journeyed farther than many Christians have ever gone or will ever dream to go but was she inappropriate? A resounding NO reverberates in my consciousness!! I praise Gaga for this much needed paradigm shift by interrogating Christian idiosyncrasies. You go Mama Monster!!!
P.S. I am not a Lady Gaga Fan; left up to me her album sales would be at a cool zero. I think she is a contrived version of Madonna but that is for "a nedder" (another) post.