Lauren Daigle is an incredible Christian artist. She has won numerous awards, including Grammy nominations, and has touched millions with her worshipful songs, such as "How Can It Be" and "You Say."
However, her recent interview on "The Domenick Nati Show" on iHeart radio earlier this week has some of her most loyal fans considering not listening to her anymore.
When asked if she felt homosexuality was a sin, Daigle replied, “I can’t honestly answer on that, in the sense of I have too many people that I love and they are homosexuals."
“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.
Daigle further went on to defend Ellen Degeneres, as she had been on her show recently and was criticized by some fans for showing support to a homosexual entertainer. “It’s so sad that people think because Ellen’s gay she’s bad,” Daigle told Nati about the criticism she received.
Much of the Christian media is not siding with Daigle's "I don't know" statement on homosexuality, reporting her interview while including verses in the Bible that obviously state God's view.
For example: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Likewise, Daigle's fans (at least much of her strong Christian base) were not very pleased with her wavering response. Unrelated promotional posts on her Facebook page have been littered with disapproving comments.
David, who has been a fan since her first album, wrote: "Please stop doing interviews until you're prepared to defend Scripture in its totality. The whole world is watching."
Another fan, Jay, wrote: "I’ve loved your music and been amazed to see you taking on a wider platform. Lauren to lovingly echo what other brothers and sisters are saying please repent and ask the Lord to give you courage to defend His word. As a worship leader you can’t shy away from what Scripture clearly states, and you must be ready to defend it. What would we be if we gain the world by losing our soul? As a fan I find It conflicting that you don’t know what Scripture says about sin, when you are declaring to have been inspired by the Word to write your songs. Praying for you. But I don’t think I will be listening to your music anymore."
However, others defended the singer.
Lauren, a long time fan, wrote: "I love what she said because it was authentic and real and vulnerable. I think it was ridiculously brave of her to admit that she doesn’t know. I hope even after walking with God for an entire lifetime I will still have the courage to admit when I don’t know or when I don’t understand. And I am 100% sure I will go to heaven with plenty of questions unanswered. None of us have it all figured out and trying to pretend like we do isn’t getting us anywhere."
Daigle is being compared to popular pastor and Christian leader, Carl Lentz. Lentz, a Hillsong pastor in New York, is famous for being Justin Bieber's pastor. When appearing on The View, he was pointedly asked if he believed abortion was a sin. He notably bowed out, saying "Before I tell you about what I think sin is, I would like to know your name."
But after a major backlash from Christians, Lentz issued the following statement: "Recently in an interview, I was asked directly if abortion was sin. I did not answer the question directly for a number of reasons and that has caused some confusion about our stance as a church on this matter," Lentz wrote. "I do believe abortion is sinful. Our prayer is that we can continue to help and love those that deal with the pain of regret from personal choices, rather than cast further shame and guilt on those already carrying so much and create a church that can teach people how to form convictions based on God's Word, that will be the driving force in all their decisions."
Many are wondering if (and hoping) Daigle will do the same. She has a lot to lose on either side. If she defends the Bible's position on homosexuality, she will be condemned by culture and possibly lose support from entertainers that are helping her career, like Ellen DeGeneres.
But if she refuses to rebut or at least clarify her statement, she may lose a lot of her original Christian audience. What do you think she will or should do? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!