So, how ‘bout that Lauren Daigle?
Welcome to the dark side of Christianity. Where we turn on our own. Because, we are very good at it. As a matter of fact, we’re exceptional!
Lauren Daigle stumbled over a question and disappointed half the Christian population. A question asked in response to her appearing on the “Ellen” show. Unbeknownst to Lauren Daigle, appearing on “Ellen” was the moral equivalent of singing in a Time’s Square bath house.
I loathe the “gotcha” question. We don’t ask this question to edify, we ask this question to divide. Period. This is a discussion question not suited for a one-minute response. Discussion signals a desire for understanding, not exclusion. What really gets me is who asked her the question: a brother in Christ. Lauren Daigle is making headway in the secular arena and a brother puts forth a question that will satisfy her Christian fans and alienate those the Lord wants her to reach or vice versa. Vice versa bites. I read the scathing comments on L.D.’s Facebook page and am amazed at the level of anger leveled toward someone adored one week before. So much for grace.
Christians have made the question of homosexual sin the holy grail of Christian cred. You can’t be a “real believer” if you don’t what, shun Ellen DeGeneres? Because it is o.k. to go on talk shows where the host is straight, but happens to be an awful human being or engages in sin we find more acceptable. That wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.
The Bible tells us not to worry. Yet, we do. We are told not to focus on ourselves. Yet, we do. We are told not to gossip. Yet, we do. We are told not to use birth control. Yet we do. We are told not to get divorced. Yet we do. We are told to obey our husbands. Yet, we don’t.
Ellen gave every member of her studio audience a copy of Lauren’s c.d. Lauren’s crossing over and shining the love of Christ in the process. We reach those that need Christ in the world not in churches. Christ did not wait in the temple for those in need to come to Him. He went out and met them where they lived. He loved them first and calls us to do the same. Unfortunately, we have shown the world once again how far we are from that ideal. In our treatment of Ms. Daigle, we remind those struggling with their faith why they prefer not to join us on a pew.
I don’t care how Lauren answered the question, because she never should have been asked the question in the first place. It doesn’t matter what Lauren thinks. Whether she agrees with what the Bible says doesn’t matter anymore than whether I agree with what it says. What we think doesn’t make the Bible any more or any less true. But, what we think it says has created countless denominations and liturgical beliefs. Of course, the interpretation we personally believe is THE correct interpretation.
Ms. Daigle says, “Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know because I’m learning too”. It seems many believe that is the very thing they did.