When Grammy nominated Christian artist Lauren Daigle appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Oct. 24, some fans were up in arms. One of her followers on Facebook wrote, "I don't watch this show and I still won't even with Lauren Daigle on it. SAD that you Lauren Daigle would 'fall' for recognition in the wrong way...your fall will soon come but many Christians will continue to pray for you. Ellen show just trying to grow into the Christian hearts and minds....seeking to whom he may devour!"
Others were equally indignant, saying Daigle had gone the way of the world and sold out for fame. But Daigle has a strong answer to those criticisms, as she shared in a recent interview.
“I think the second we start drawing lines around which people are able to be approached and which aren’t, we’ve already completely missed the heart of God,” Daigle told WAY-FM Radio.
“I don’t have all the answers in life and I’m definitely not gonna act like I do, but the one thing that I know for sure is I can’t choose who I’m supposed to be kind to and who I’m supposed to show love to and who I’m not, because that’s the mission right?” she added. “Be who Christ was to everyone.”
Some fans had criticized Daigle as just being a puppet during the performance and not giving credence to her faith. But the song she sang, "Still Rolling Stones," is incredibly worshipful and evangelistic. And what's more? Ellen herself is the one who picked it.
“I don’t know why but I know that she’s really purposeful in choosing a message as well, so maybe that was the one that spoke to her the most,” Daigle shared.
Here are some of the powerful lyrics:
Six feet under
I thought it was over
An answer to prayer
The voice of a Savior
Rise up (rise up)
Rise up (rise up)
Daigle recently told PEOPLE how amazing it is to see God touch people through her music. “People started blowing up my YouTube and my Instagram and saying, ‘Hey, I have wanted to commit suicide — this song completely just got me out of it,’” she shared about her single “You Say.” “Because one person opened up their story, people just started commenting and saying, ‘I’m wanting to commit suicide, someone please help me.’”
“I’m watching these people take out all these emotions and literally flip upside down,” she said. “That is the most humbling and freeing thing is seeing music and something that is a universal language actually come in and bring hope.”
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