Lauren Daigle on the Spot: Why We All Should Be Prepared for This Question

By John Stonestreet Published on December 15, 2018

When yet another Christian celebrity fails to give a straight answer on a hot-button moral issue, it reveals a deeper problem.

Back in September, an article in Rolling Stone announced, “A Christian Singer is Bigger than Drake and Arianna Grande this Week.” That singer is Lauren Daigle, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter whose brilliant voice, soulful style, and hope-filled lyrics have won fans well beyond the Contemporary Christian genre. She’s becoming a regular on talk shows and in national publications, and has officially earned the coveted status of “crossover artist” at just 27 years old.

But with broader appeal comes a challenge: maintaining one’s identity, not as a “Christian singer,” but as a Christian. Sadly, it’s a challenge many Christian celebrities have struggled to handle.

The Question

Last week during an interview with iHeart radio, Daigle was asked, given her recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, whether she believes homosexuality is a sin.

“I can’t honestly answer that,” Daigle replied. “I have too many people that I love, and they are homosexuals.”

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She went on to explain that since she’s not God, she can’t say one way or another. Instead, people should just “read the Bible and find out” for themselves.

Now let me say from the beginning here I understand how hard this high-pressure situation can be. For a young woman like Daigle with a skyrocketing career, calling homosexuality a sin in a public forum could mean closing a lot of doors and alienating a lot of fans. There’s a real cost that comes with taking a stand for the Christian view of sex and marriage. Deciding to pay that price in a split second with a microphone shoved in your face is something better-trained theologians and pastors have failed to do.

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But this whole story reveals something else — the deep crisis of authority plaguing evangelicalism right now. First, we should be past the point of answering this question, because the Christian view of sex and marriage should be so clear and our commitment to it should be so well-known by now that there should be no longer any point in asking the question!

An Uncertain Note? Not From Scripture

The reason it still comes up is that too many evangelicals, like mainline Protestant liberals before them, have sounded an uncertain note on this topic. I’m not just talking about those very few pastors and writers who’ve reinvented their faith to accommodate LGBT theology. I’m talking about the epidemic fear to even broach the topic in so many evangelical churches and ministries, and how we’ve avoided the topic especially with our young people, instead wrongly catechizing them to look to their emotions for truth instead.

Neither the Bible nor nearly two millennia of Christian teaching are at any level ambiguous about homosexual behavior. Numerous passages in the Old and New Testaments condemn it, along with any sexual behavior outside of God’s good design for marriage between a man and a woman. No one in Christian history ever doubted this until about five minutes ago. There is no room for disagreement on the point.

Sometimes there are no easy answers. But that doesn’t mean there are no right answers.

For Daigle or any other Christian for that matter to publicly say, “I don’t know whether homosexuality is a sin” is like saying “I don’t know whether stealing or worshipping false gods are sins.”

Who Do We Turn To? What Do We Say?

And that brings up a second angle on the church-wide authority problem we face. When theological training is de-prioritized and even avoided, then our celebrities become our experts. Yes, Daigle should know better. But we should know better than to hold celebrities up as theological authorities.

And finally, we need to ask ourselves: How would we respond in Lauren Daigle’s situation? You might think, well, I’m not a celebrity. But it’s not just celebrities that will be faced with this question in awkward situations.

What will you say when someone with the power to seriously damage your career asks you what you think about a culturally popular sin? For that matter, what will you say at Christmas dinner when that one relative — maybe a relative who identifies as gay — asks you the same question?

There are no easy answers in that moment. But that doesn’t mean there are no right answers.

 

Originally published on BreakPoint.org: BreakPoint Commentaries. Republished with permission of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

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  • JP

    Christians also need to know how unhealthy homosexual sex is. They need to get familiar with the diseases associated with homosexual sex. Its easy to find medical articles on it and the CDC has the stats on unhealthy it is.

    • Trilemma

      What diseases are uniquely associated with lesbian sex?

      • Andy6M

        I’m not aware of any diseases that are uniquely associated with homosexual sex – that is to say that diseases tend to know no boundaries. But I do think it’s fair to say that the homosexual lifestyle has been shown to be an unhealthy choice both physically and emotionally, and that is in fact chronically so.

        • JP

          You need to read the CDC reports on the health issues related to homosexual sex. Its shocking.

    • Studentenviro

      Like the fact that 1 in 6 gay males is infected with HIV? That’s info direct from the CDC, but you don’t hear it cited a lot.

  • apollo

    Here is the answer: 2 Timothy 4:2 King James Version (KJV)
    2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

  • Charles Burge

    I think there are two failures here. One is personal. Each of us needs to know God’s word. 1 Peter 3:15 says “Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope”, but I think it’s legitimate to carry that a bit farther, to say that we should always be ready to give an answer to any question about Christianity.

    The second failure is from church leadership. By refusing to broach subjects like these, they leave lay people ill-equipped in the faith. According to James, those people will be judged more harshly.

  • Trilemma

    For many people, homosexuality simply means same sex attraction. If that’s her definition, then there is nothing wrong with her answer.

    • JP

      If a guy is attracted to kids would that be wrong?

      • Trilemma

        No. Acting on the attraction would be wrong.

        • Jason Trena Dagenhart

          So it’s the act that’s wrong not the emotion? Then would you also agree that hating black people isn’t wrong as long as you never kill or assault anyone?

          • Jason Trena Dagenhart

            I guy being attracted to kids is ok but a Christian telling that guy he’s wrong, is wrong? Trilemma indeed.

          • Trilemma

            How is it morally or ethically wrong to have feelings you did not choose to have?

        • JP

          So if a guy is attracted to kids you would have no problem with it so long as he doesn’t act on it. You would have no problem with him hanging around kids so long as he does act out his desires?
          Would you have a problem with him babysitting kids?

          • Trilemma

            How would I know if a guy was attracted to kids if he never acts on the attraction? If the guy is hanging around kids or babysitting because he’s attracted to kids then he is acting on his attraction for kids and I would have a problem with that.

          • JP

            Lets say he tells you or he indirectly lets you know he likes kids.
            He could be hanging around kids because he likes kids. He does not have to act on his impulses. Would you have a problem with that?

          • Trilemma

            If he’s hanging around kids because he likes kids then he’s acting on his attraction for kids and i have a problem with that. If I find out he likes kids and I find out he’s avoiding being around kids then I don’t have a problem with that.

    • Patmos

      Shut up useless troll. Why do you even still post here? You have been exposed as a complete fraud for a long time now.

    • Charles Burge

      I actually think that’s a fair point. It’s important to make clear that same-sex attraction is not sinful, but yielding to that temptation is.

      • Andy6M

        I would say though too that harboring those temptations, or viewing them as harmless, is dangerous. If we agree that temptations are to be avoided/resisted, then are we not saying something objective about what we believe about them?

        • Charles Burge

          “Dangerous” is putting it lightly. I’m too lazy to look it up right now, but I know the Bible condemns those who teach that evil is good and good is evil. And Jesus had especially harsh words for people who cause children to sin.

    • Andrew Mason

      So then she should have asked how the interviewer is defining homosexuality.

      • Trilemma

        Yes, or started by giving her own definition of homosexuality.

        • Andrew Mason

          No point offering a definition on a gotcha question. Best to wait for a definition then offer a succinct but broad response whilst establishing a framework.

  • Juan Garcia

    I just deplore the presumptive hypocrisy of the author. “We must not judge a young woman thrust into an exploding position of overwhelming stardom, but she was being evasive to protect her career.”

    Major theologians cannot even agree on the issues of adultery. How about Deuteronomy 25: 5-10 where God commands men to commit adultery to preserve family inheritanceand protact widows or David being called a man after God’s own heart while having multiple wives and concubines?

    Adultery is adultery, let’s face up to the FACT that modern evangelicals love to forget the planks in their own eyes and are soft on divorce and remarriage yet are quick to point the finger at a young non-theologically trained woman for stating the truth about her confusion.

    Make no mistake about it, God designed sexual union to be one man/one woman for life, period. But how many of those accusatory voices in modern evangelicalism are no different than those Pharisees who drug the adulterous woman before Jesus?

    • JP

      What Christian church is trying to justify adultery?

      • BravesFan

        They always throw this straw man or the divorce one.

        • Juan Garcia

          It’ s not a strawman idiot! Adultry is adultry whether- it’ s gay or hetero. One man / one woman, period! Anything else is adultry and modern Christian’s are soft on hetero adultry. You are the type to crawl out from under your rock and condemn anyone who just happens to be committing a sin that is not your personal favorite sin to rationalize. Hypocrite.

  • rick dean

    The correct answer is, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Jesus came to remedy that.

    Jesus said, “If I be lifted up”. Not, if the sinner be condemned. It’s only after we receive Christ in our lives that God begins to change us. As has been said before. God loves and accepts us just as we are. He also loves us so much that He won’t let us stay that way.

    The rich young ruler was, from all outward appearances, a righteous man. And yet, he chose the world instead of Jesus. Mary Magdalene was not at all righteous before knowing Jesus, but she chose to follow Him.

    “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve”. Joshua 24:15

  • azsxdcf1

    Shalom,
    I would like to see celebrities and politicians start asking QUESTIONS to the QUESTIONERS! If someone shoved a microphone in my face to ask any question that I did not want to answer, I would say: “Why do YOU want to know MY beliefs? Will it help YOU come to God? Are you yearning to find The Truth for your personal life? The Lord KNOWS my beliefs, and I do NOT feel an anointing to share that answer with you in this medium at this time, but I DO invite you to my Bible study on Tuesday night, where we delve into such questions deeply and with God’s Word in front of us, being guided by the Holy Spirit to speak ONLY Truth.”

  • The General

    Did she ever read Romans 1? It’s one of the key chapters in one of the key parts of the New Testament. It’s not like someone quizzed her about some obscure verse in Nehemiah or Philemon.

  • Juan Garcia

    This is a double bind question that got Hillsong in trouble. Best answer is read the Bible and see what it says. I’m here to talk about the gospel not be distracted by political bull****!

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