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.