There are a plethora of blogs and articles out there right now about Lauren Daigle’s recent interview, during which she was asked if she “felt” homosexuality is a sin.
And people are irked by her answer. She said, “I can’t honestly answer on that, in the sense of I have too many people that I love and they are homosexuals,” she told the man who was interviewing her.
“I can’t say one way or the other; I’m not God. When people ask questions like that, I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know because I’m learning too,’” she added.
Guys, listen. We have a Church right now that is all over the place on this issue. And whether or not you agree, those that support homosexuality in the church cite the Bible, too.
Now, I’m not even going to touch the issue of homosexuality’s biblical admonishment or support or whatever, because that’s not what I’m here to write about. I just want to present a different perspective on what Lauren actually says, because I don’t see it as dodge-y or wishy-washy, or even as disappointing as some others have expressed all over social media.
One, this is a loaded and baited question and we know it. No one asking this question is looking for Biblical truth, I’d venture to guess even a fraction of a percentage of the time. They’re seeking something to attack you with, and in an attempt to live at peace, I wouldn’t take the bait either. I wouldn’t deny what God says about sin – in that the Bible does not discriminate between homosexual sin and straight sexual sin, and all sin separates us from God – but again, that’s not what they’re looking for. They want you to say you think gays are going to hell, so they can call you a bigot. Which leads me to two:
Being that she has a platform and is in a position right now where secular audiences are listening to her, I can’t fault her for taking a more vague approach and keeping her response child/seeker friendly. She doesn’t say it’s okay, and she doesn’t say it’s not. She points everyone to the Bible. She doesn’t fancy herself an authority on the issue, she humbly points us all to God’s Word. There’s nothing wishy-washy or disappointing about that to me. It’s wise to not think so highly of herself that her own thoughts/feelings/maybe even questions about this issue that she could definitively speak to the masses about it.
Which is another thing, so three, she admits she has friends who are gay. We don’t know the depth or level or details of said relationships, but perhaps, she’s walking out loving relationships with people caught up in homosexual desires or relationships, and she thought better than to let a trick radio interview question destroy those relationship, and the work that she’s invested into them. All speculation, I admit, but that makes sense to me also. I’ve been in relationships with non-believers where we don’t talk controversial topics. They trigger negative reactions and cause others to stumble. And I don’t want a scandalized, baited question to be the reason someone forgets that first and foremost, it’s all about the love of God. God starts with love, and therefore we should start with love. Answers to hard questions (or even the acceptance of not having all the answers to hard questions) and behavior modification come later, after the love is seen and accepted. If we are to be Christlike, how is this approach disappointing? If that’s what she’s got going on, good for her. Nothing but a big, “AMEN, SIS,” from me.
Finally, just to circle back to something I touched on earlier is that our Church is all. over. the place about this. There are people who say you can’t come to church if you’re gay, and then there are others who will let you pastor. It’s a thing right now that, whether you like it or not, IS up for debate.
Now hear me, I’m not saying God’s law and judgement is debatable, like we can argue with God about what is right or wrong. What I’m saying is that people are ACTUALLY in debates about it. It’s up for debate because the church is divided, not because God can be negotiated with.
With so many influential leaders and actual Biblical authorities (which can I just point out too, that Lauren is a WORSHIP LEADER, not a bible teacher or preacher. The gifting are completely different) divided on this topic, it’s easy to have lines blurred. Instead of tearing this young woman to shreds as a disappointment or question her ability to lead and her beliefs, can we just take a hard look in the mirror and recognize for a second where we’re going wrong?
Fighting never gets us anywhere. We need to strive for peace, while we deliver truth with love. And if we don’t actually LOVE the person we’re delivering it to – see 1 Corinthians, all those things, if you don’t have ALL THOSE FEELS for this person or people, then it ain’t love, friend – then we need to slow our haughty rolls and sit down for a minute. Barking about sin has gotten us nowhere, except pushed into a bigoted box.
I know the world isn’t going to like us, but this was not how Jesus spoke to the masses. This was not how Jesus dealt with his one-on-ones, either. So if He is the goal, let’s spend more time looking toward HIM, and less toward a young worship leader who’s still on a journey of figuring it all or with us. Amen?