Lauren Daigle and Standing For Christ

The Christian world is talking about the Lauren Daigle interview. She was asked a question if she considered homosexuality a sin. She said that she “can’t say one way or another” and recommended that people “read the Bible.” I know that she has really gotten beat up by Christians for her stance, or more accurately, lack of a stance.  What do I think about it?

Well, if you know me at all, you know that her music is not really my preference. My only exposure to her is some song that my wife has played 1000 times, so I have no real feelings about her as an artist one way or another. I remember that she was on the Ellen show, and criticized by Christians for appearing on the show because of Ellen’s sexuality. Here is my issue –

As Christians, we talk a lot about going to dark places and shining the light, or even going somewhere and sharing the Gospel with others who are far from Jesus. When we read the Gospels, we rightly condemn the Pharisees for their legalism and are amazed that Jesus would go so far to spend time with sinners. However, I believe we as the church have become much more like the Pharisees that we condemn. Here is a young lady who is singing about Jesus on a national talk show, and is criticized for it? I would bet that many of those who complained about her appearance cannot remember the last time they shared the Gospel with anyone. But, that is a blog for another day.

Did she drop the ball when asked about homosexuality? Yes. From everything I have read about her, she stands on the side of orthodox Christianity, and the stance is that marriage is between one man and one woman. I do not know why she dodged the question, but faced with much less criticism, we all have had moments where we have dropped the ball on speaking truth knowing it would cost us. I do not think that is a good reason to do so for any of us, but I want to be realistic.

How is a Christian to respond to the culture when they ask the hard questions?

1)      Read the Bible – this is the part of the answer Lauren did well. She pointed people to the Word of God, even if she did not share it herself. We are a people of the Word and are to be shaped by the Word. When asked a tough question, lean on the authority of God as our standard.

2)      Tell the truth – I know we fear that by sharing hard truths we may “turn people off.” Jesus was never scared to do that, in fact when he said you must eat of my flesh in John 6 the Bible tells us that many left Him. If we avoid hard conversations in hopes of winning people to Christ, we are selling them less than the truth and no better a used car salesman who doesn’t tell you the problems with a car, so you have to deal with it after you buy it. We tell the truth in Love.

3)      Understand our place in this world – Jesus said the world hated him and will hate us. Lauren knows if she upsets people that may be her career, and we often face similar pressure. We know that standing for truth may cost us relationships, jobs and social standing. Jesus said that is we love anything more than Him, we are unworthy of Him.

Truth is we are all unworthy, and that is why Jesus came to die on the cross. That He may rescue us for our sins. What Lauren needs, is someone who truly cares about her to come alongside, correct her and pray for her boldness. If we are honest with ourselves, we all need the same thing too. Like her, we all drop the ball and don’t stand for Christ when we should. Like her, we all need to stand for truth. Like her, we all need to be corrected, and prayed for.

 

Heroes

I think that we all have people that we look up to, whether they are real or fictious. Every one of us has people that we want to be like. As I look back at my life, I can see the people that I have looked up to and how they all have impacted my life in a way. Allow me to name a few –

 

Pa (Larry May) -

This is my paternal grandfather. For those of you who do not know me so well, my dad was not present, even when he was physically present in my life. The man who filled the gap was my Pa. He did a lot of the things that a father would normally do, but as a grandfather. Pa also took me to church as a young kid, said bedtime prayers with me and taught me to love sports, specifically baseball. I am forever grateful to him for all of the above, and I look forward to the day that we will be able to spend eternity together in the presence of Jesus.

 

Batman –

Yeah, I know. Allow me to explain. The Superman movies were popular when I was a kid, and I really did enjoy them. My issue was that I could never relate to the Big Blue Boy Scout. He was selfless, he did the right thing even thought he was basically all powerful simply because it was the right thing to do. I could never relate. Batman upholds justice, but still has a dark side. He does the right thing, but not always the right way. He has a dark side, but somehow does what is right and makes a difference in the world.

 

Jeremiah Thomas –

Yeah, he’s not famous. A college student in our church asked us to pray for a young man with a medical condition that was fighting for his life. He was a 17-year-old kid that I never met personally but followed his story through social media. All I saw was that in his suffering, God was glorified because the Gospel was proclaimed. My heart aches for his family, as I cannot fathom the pain of losing one of my teenage children. Through it all, every post shared the love of Christ and the hope we have in Him. I just saw that tonight Jeremiah went home to be with the Lord. I thank God for his faithfulness and the witness of his family. I pray that when I suffer and struggle, that I will suffer for the sake of the Gospel and that God would be glorified in me as it was in this young man. He truly has become a hero of mine.

 

I think of the words of Paul “ For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:6-8