Christian band Jars of Clay was supposed to be setting out on a 20th anniversary tour—but if the latest controversy is any indication, not many fans will be celebrating.
Lead vocalist Dan Haseltine made sure of that last week by singing a different tune on same-sex marriage. The firestorm is just the latest evidence of Haseltine’s slow walk away from orthodoxy that made the band famous.
Two years ago, the Jars’ co-founder wrote in a blog post that he was tired of “carrying evangelical expectations on [his] shoulders.”
“At one point,” he said, “I was sure of who God was, and how God operated. But I am not that way now.”
That certainly rang true last week when Haseltine posted a series of tweets suggesting that there wasn’t a single argument—scriptural or otherwise—that could persuade him redefining marriage is wrong.
“Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non-‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one,” he tweeted. “I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument, but it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage.”
The social media bombshell surprised—then angered—the group’s fan base, many of whom had followed the band’s massive rise to stardom (including three Grammys) since the 1990s. Want to know a good reason for opposing same-sex marriage, people wrote back: How about “God says”?
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SOURCE: Charisma News
Tony Perkins is president of Family Research Council.