We’ve seen this show before. A Christian recording artist (or author) becomes very popular, reaching beyond a typical Church audience and becoming popular in the larger world. He (or she) is then asked about homosexuality and fudges the answer. In turn, the Church quickly condemns (him or her). Can we do better this time around?
I’m talking specifically about the very popular Christian recording artist Lauren Daigle, whose career skyrocketed when she recently appeared on the shows of Ellen Degeneres and Jimmy Fallon. She received plenty of criticism (from some Christian circles) for those appearances, but many others saw the good in it.
After all, if you can sing your song (or tell your story) before the non-believing world, why not do it? Why not let your light shine in dark places? How else will it be seen?
It’s one thing to compromise our faith to share our faith. That’s a lose-lose scenario. But if you can be yourself and reach a larger audience, why not?
Unfortunately, during an interview with celebrity publicist Domenick Nati (who actually attended our school of ministry years ago), Lauren gave a very weak answer on homosexuality, drawing a tremendous amount of criticism and even condemnation. (Others have been more redemptive in their approach.)
As one who is on the front lines of the culture wars, I fully understand this reaction. After all, I have personally reached out to people like Vicky Beeching, Jen Hatmaker (and her husband Brandon), Dr. Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis, and Rob Bell for their compromised views on homosexual practice.
And I have decried the fact that so many pastors and leaders do not speak out and make their biblical views clear.
But it’s one thing entirely when a recognized worship leader like Beeching or a respected, octogenarian like Campolo changes their views after years of reflection and goes public.
It’s another thing when a young Christian singer gives a weak answer during an interview. That’s why this article is not about Lauren. It’s about us. It’s about our response.
Perhaps the first thing we should do is reach out to Lauren and say, “We’re thrilled with the success God is giving you and your music has been a tremendous blessing to us. And we’re cheering you on when you have the opportunity to appear before the secular world. What a great open door!
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown