She’s an up-and-coming singer in the Christian music genre, but that’s not why Lauren Daigle is making headline these days. During a recent interview on the “Domenick Nati Show,” Daigle was asked whether she feels that homosexuality is a sin. That may appear to be an odd question, but Daigle had just appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. DeGeneres is a lesbian, and as a result, some people do not watch Ellen’s program.
“I can't honestly answer on that in the sense of I have too many that I love that they are homosexual,” answered Daigle. “I don't know. … I'm not God.”
As you may have noticed, news outlets were quick to pounce on this topic. Being someone that works in the news profession, I get it. Daigle is popular. Her songs are being sung in various churches, and not just by millennial congregants. I once attended a service where a much older lady played the piano and sang “How Can It Be.” Regardless, everyone reading this article needs to take the following into account: Homosexuality is a sin, but it’s not the only sin (Proverbs 6:16-19, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20), and all of us need to study the Bible.
If and when we study the Bible, we’ll see scriptures saying that homosexuality is a sin:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination (Leviticus 18:22 KJV).”
People studying the Bible will also learn that all men are sinners:
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psalm 51:5 KJV)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6 KJV)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV)
God wants us to study His Word (aka The Holy Bible):
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
I don’t know Lauren Daigle. I own two of her CDs and I (legally) downloaded another album. Maybe Lauren felt pressured into saying what she did. Maybe she really doesn’t know whether homosexuality is a sin. Either way, she mishandled this question and -- at the time this blog was published -- she had yet to issue a public statement that I’m aware of clarifying her view of sexual immorality. Let us all use this as a reason to pray and encourage people, especially millennials and Generation Z to read the Bible and to have the correct answers for people.
Should you hear or read something about Daigle’s remarks, use that as a launching pad to start a polite conversation. You could even take that opportunity to start a Bible study. The bottom line is that we need to do something, and we need to do it out of love, a love that also says ‘I care enough about you to say (insert evangelistic outreach here).’ That’s how Christians love. At least that's how they should love.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
Again, all people are sinners. All people need Jesus, the same Jesus that told people to repent and later died for our sins on the cross while we were yet sinners (Matthew 4:17, Romans 5:8 KJV). All people will one day stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ to answer for things we’ve done (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV). When that day comes, don’t look for me in the crowd and ask, “Why didn’t you tell me?”