We, as Christians, sure do love the standards we set as long we aren’t looking at ourselves, don’t we? Popular Christian singer Lauren Daigle on a recent interview with Domenick Nati, was asked if she thought homosexuality was a sin after her appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres” show. Let’s take a moment to analyze her answer to this question, as well as looking at some of Christian responses to this story.
According to The Daily Wire, the conversation went as follows:
“Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?” Nati asked the Christian singer
She replied with, “I can’t honestly answer on that. In a sense, I have too many people that I love that they are homosexual. I don’t know. I actually had a conversation with someone last night about it. I can’t say one way or the other. I’m not God. So, when people ask questions like that… that’s what my go-to is. I just say, 'Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know, because I’m learning, too.'”
First, I think this Nati character is an idiot for posing this question to Lauren. Lauren makes her livelihood off of being a performer and a musician. In the world we live in today, this single question had the highest potential of destroying her career, and to do that to a young woman is disgusting. Lauren is a performer, not a political activist, not a preacher, nor a speaker, not even a biblical scholar - she is a singer. So, whoever this Nati is, he was either really stupid to ask a young woman a question that could end her career, or is an evil piece of human debris that attempted to set out and destroy a young Christians career due to the underlying narrative that if she claimed it was a sin, then she would lose out on her career and never be able to work in Hollywood again, or she could have said it wasn’t at all a sin and completely lose her Christian base.
So, let’s examine her answer. “I can’t honestly answer on that.” Let me help. Obviously, the correct answer is yes, homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-28, Jude 1:5-8, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Mark 10:6-9, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13). Personally, she should have answered as such, making her career take that hit because, in the end, this life is temporary and eternity is forever. Now, before you grab your pitchforks, it’s easy for us to say that. Most of us aren’t 27 year old women who are living out our dream of praising God through song for a living on a stage to hundreds of thousands of people. You and I don’t know what it’s like to be in that position or in her shoes, we are not Lauren.
The fact that she states, “I have too many people that I love that they are homosexual…” This simply shouldn’t matter, a sin is a sin is a sin. Who she knows is sinning, based upon her relationship with that person, does not all the sudden change the sin into an “OK” thing. The Bible is truth, and your feelings don’t get to have a say.
“I’m not God.” Well, she nailed this one.
Then she gives the smartest answer I believe she could possibly give to appease both sides: “I just say read the Bible and find out for yourself.” Pointing people to Scripture to find their answer. If people read with an earnest heart they will undoubtedly find that homosexuality is indeed a sin. In this same breath she encourages people to read into the Bible, the absolute authority. This answer does ride the middle ground, which personally isn’t my style. But with this answer she has the potential to keep the heat off of her from the Christian mob, and also the brash beating of the LGBTQLMNOP group and all the easily offended snowflakes.
Then she takes this loaded gun and shoots herself right in the foot, “And when you find out let me know, because I’m learning, too.” OH COME ON!! You were so so so close! Lauren, pick up the book and read! You could have even gotten away with a quick Google search. You could have ended the question so wickedly brilliant and then you done went and Trumped it up! Don’t put the responsibility you have to find the truth on the public. Don’t trust what anyone says about the Bible except for the bible. It would have taken two seconds Lauren. *head-desk*
More than this, the outrage I hear coming from the Christian community is more than despicable and downright stupid. First, your rage and your pitchforks, put them away. When she appeared on Ellen’s show, I saw so many comments attempting to destroy this poor woman’s reputation from the Christian crowd. I expect these things from the world, but it really brings to light how many Christians are some of the most judgmental people around. You're telling me that Christian artists should only ever preform for Christian audiences, speak only to people of the Christian faith, and only allow Christians to purchase her music, all others should be ignored? Lauren can turn people toward the Christian faith through her music, and also help believers praise the Lord through some of the songs that she has written. You would think that Christians would be joyful that she is spreading her joy in Christ through song with the secular world, not condemn it.
Second, this woman is an entertainer. She is not a pastor, she is not a deacon, a youth leader, a woman’s bible study teacher, a Sunday school teacher, a politician, nor known to us for excelling in any field of anything expect for being a song writer and singer. So why in the world would we, as Christians, hold her to such high esteem in these areas? Do we now trust song writers and actors to give us all the knowledge we desire? No, this is insanely idiotic! We look to biblical scholars, professors, the Bible. We, as conservatives and Christians, have this insane need to find someone that’s “famous” who agrees with our viewpoints and latch onto them like a child around a father’s leg. All this responsibility becomes thrust upon them because we can’t keep reality in check and recognize people for what they are: human. I never heard, nor can I find, any statements where Lauren claimed to be an expert in theology or politics, so why are we treating her like one?
My ultimate point is take a moment to look in the mirror. I assume each one of you bashing Lauren are without sin and blameless. I mean, of course, surely you wouldn’t be hypocritical of someone else. We all sin (Romans 3:23), homosexuality is no different nor disgusting than any other sin you or I commit on a regular basis, and the second you think you’re blameless is the moment you should probably re-evaluate your life and self-perception. Maybe Lauren truly doesn’t know if homosexuality is a sin, but, instead of immediately condemning her, maybe we should pray for her that this topic would become revealed to her, and that she would except it as truth. People in general are really dumb, all in different areas and about different things, so why attribute malice to ignorance? Granted, she has the responsibility as a Christian to seek God’s word and gain knowledge and understanding of our Creator, as are we all. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, not keyboard warriors who sit at home and judge others.
She is spreading the word of Christ through song, getting people to praise and worship. Even though she may not be an expert on theocracy she is reaching people through a different ministry in a separate way. If we were as focused on trying to save people of the world as we are on tearing other Christians to shreds, we may have a more effective ministry. Then once we have the foundation of being saved and having that foundation built on Christ, then we can have conversations regarding the text and other theological subjects that are still exponentially important. But let’s at least have a solid foundation to stand on and try to be civil.
Like it or hate it, this is my Exodus.
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