You’ve undoubtedly received backlash for your recent comments on homosexuality. Is this backlash merited? Let me first say that I am your fan. You’ve ministered to me on multiple occasions, and I trust you will continue to do so. For a while I played “Trust In You” every morning on my way to work. It was my post-devotional habit.
Your recent expedition to public fame had the Body of Christ cheering you on as we watched you perform on Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, and other platforms not routinely frequented by Christian artists. I understand some Christians took issue with your performances, given the worldview that Ellen and others unabashedly affirm. I’m sorry for that. You were taking the opportunity to witness on a platform that few Christians will ever have. Good on you.
But last week you were tested. In an interview on The Domenic Nati Show you were asked a fiercely controversial question that would challenge the delivery process of any publicly-known Christian:
Is homosexuality a sin?
To which you replied:
“I can’t say one way or the other, I’m not God.”
Lauren, dear sister in Christ, you failed this test. But look at it this way: These tests are not one-and-done. What you do in the wake of this failure can have a substantially redemptive impact.
I get it. You were in a tight spot. If you explicitly claim homosexuality to be a sin, then you risk losing a large portion of your audience, and thus losing their ear to the gospel message. I get it. Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong Church NYC, faced a similar dilemma while appearing on The View. When asked whether he thought abortion is sin, he replied, “Before I tell you about what I think sin is, I would like to know your name,” without directly providing a yes or no answer.
In the wake of immediate backlash, Lentz did tweet explicitly that he believed abortion to be a sin but that he felt the understandable weight of fear of losing the ear of many non-Christians who he otherwise could minister to.
I encourage you to do likely.
“I can’t honestly answer on that, in the sense of I have too many people that I love and they are homosexuals.”
How does your love for them logically conclude that their lifestyle is not sin? Your love for them should be manifested in affirming truth and restoration in their lives — not affirming what hurts them. The first and greatest commandment is to love God, then people. But you’re honoring neither in this case.
God’s command to love everyone was NOT a call to love their sin. Indeed, our love for people should fuel our hate for sin. You’ve been given the chance to be a shining beacon. But don’t shine for culture. Shine for Jesus, and shine His light into the very culture that desperately needs Him.
“I don’t know, I’m not God.”
Lauren, you don’t have to be God to know what is and isn’t sin. You’re not God, but you know that as Christians we are called to reach the lost. How do you know this? Because it’s written in the Bible — the same Bible that affirms your song “You Say” speaking of Christ’s love for us.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Wesley Reid