” 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.'”
Responses like this are worthy of multiple eyerolls. As a Christian, I wonder how certain popular Christians can proclaim the name of Jesus while playing agnostic when certain questions or cultural topics are brought up.
Recently, Christian singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle was asked if homosexuality was a sin after performing on the Ellen Show. Her supposed ignorance or reluctance to answer the question brought up my suspicions regarding the authenticity of Christian celebrities.
I’ll go on record by saying that I am not her biggest fan. From the little I’ve heard of her, I do believe she has talent and I was glad to see her gain more recognition in the music industry. But after her response, I was deeply disappointed. Not just in her, but with the current atmosphere of modern Christianity. I think because of our lack of doctrinal accountability and willingness to appeal to the secular world, we do this to ourselves.
According to the Bible, homosexuality is a sin. You don’t have to agree with it, but you can’t deny what the Bible says about it. And I’m sure that at some point, she has come across verses like Ezekiel 18:22 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. It’s one thing to admit that you struggle with these kind of verses (as there’s plenty of passages in the Bible that are hard to digest). It’s even another thing to respond in a manner that isn’t outright offensive or insensitive to a certain group of people, especially with the platform that you’re given. But playing the “gray area” card and telling others to find the answer for you shows a fear of backlash and unwillingness to accept an uncomfortable truth.
I call it the Christian Hippie stance. It’s when prominent Christians in the secular sphere will focus on peace, love, kindness, grace, and compassion while setting aside aspects of the Bible that others deem outdated or hypocritical. It’s being diplomatic without being decisive. It’s cherrypicking for fear of being too Christlike.
I’m not making any accusations about her faith. For all I know, it could be genuine. I understand that in our current climate, it’s difficult to answer certain questions because you will automatically be branded as a heathen or a bigot. From her perspective, it probably was a lose-lose situation no matter how she responded. So while I don’t completely condemn her, I just get annoyed whenever the truth has to be compromised in order to come off as the cool person who avoids any hint of trouble. The same Bible that inspired your songs speaks of experiencing trials for your faith. People will hate you because they hated Him.
Yes, we are called to love the world. Yes, we should love our neighbors. But we should also stand firm in truth. The same culture that loves you today will cast you aside tomorrow. As a Christian, if the Bible clearly says something is wrong, it’s wrong. Regardless of feelings or public opinion, it’s wrong. If people don’t agree, it’s not worth compromising for them.
So since you asked, I did read the Bible. And I found this scripture that I pray will speak to you and give you the insight needed to navigate the secular landscape going forward.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
– Galatians 1:10 (ESV)