Scores of football fans have responded quite well to Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance, with many finding themselves pleasantly surprised by the lack of overt political references during the show — something that was seen as refreshing in light of recent division and consternation.
Among those speaking out in the wake of the performance is evangelist Chris White, who once reportedly taught Lady Gaga during her 10th grade Algebra II and 11th grade Precalculus courses at Sacred Heart school in New York City. At the time — well before she became a household name — she was simply known as Stefani Germanotta.
White responded to the singer’s Super Bowl performance in an interview with The Christian Post this week, specifically pointing to her repeated references to God and prayer during the show, and revealing that he once delivered a pointed message to her about the pitfalls that fame can bring.
As the Post noted, Lady Gaga specifically said “God bless America, land that I love,” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance during the halftime show, highlighting the “one nation under God” portion of the recitation. Plus, she sang her song “Million Reasons,” which also included repeated mentions of prayer and requests for God to show her “the way.”
White said Lady Gaga’s performance of that song was the “most moving part” of the entire spectacle, going on to proclaim his belief that the singer — like so many other famous people — is likely craving something deeper and more profound in her life.
“Lady Gaga, like many famous people, is bleeding on the inside because fame and success can never satisfy the human heart. ‘Can’t you give me what I’m needin’, needin’?’ is the cry of the human heart for something far greater than anything this world can offer,” he said, citing another lyric from “Million Reasons.”
White, who is now a full-time evangelist, went on to say that he’s been praying for his former student for years now, hoping that God “will indeed one day show her the way to ‘cut through all the worn out leather’ of this dying world.”
He also remembered Lady Gaga as a “bright” student who was musically talented, but who wasn’t very interested in his mathematics classes. In fact, the former teacher remembers rebuking her when he noticed her daydreaming one day.
“I said to her, ‘Stefani, you may get the fame and success you are longing for one day, but it will not last and it will not make you happy,'” he told The Christian Post. “Whether she remembers what I said to her that day or not, I had seen enough of the trouble and sadness in the lives of students and families who had wealth and fame to know that it is not the path to happiness.”
White said he simply hopes Lady Gaga eventually finds true meaning through Jesus, adding that the Super Bowl reminded him to continue praying for his former student. Read more from the interview here.
(H/T: Christian Post)
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