Christian singer Lauren Daigle made waves recently with her response to a question on homosexuality in an interview on The Domenick Nati Show that was posted to YouTube. Daigle was asked by Nati, “Do you feel that homosexuality is a sin?” Her response was less than ideal:
“I can’t honestly answer on that. In a sense, I have too many people that I love that they are homosexual. I don’t know. I actually had a conversation with someone last night about it. I can’t say one way or the other. I’m not God. So, when people ask questions like that…that’s what my go to is. I just say read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know, because I’m learning too.”
Lauren did well to encourage people to read the Bible and find out for themselves, and she is certainly adhering to the Gospel by showing love to her homosexual loved ones. I also recognize that Lauren was in a difficult position as outright stating that homosexuality is sinful almost certainly would have brought conflict into the situation. However, the portion stating that she couldn’t say one way or another if she felt homosexuality is a sin is a problem, because on this topic we most certainly can say one way or another as to whether or not it is sinful.
That does not mean that those with homosexual inclinations are to be hated or mistreated, as they most certainly are not.
Make no mistake, the Bible discusses many complex concepts and topics which one would be excused for not having a complete understanding of, such as how God is three persons yet also one. There are other topics, such as whether physical baptism is necessary to get into heaven, where one could make convincing Biblical arguments on either side. Homosexuality, however, is not one of these topics. The Bible is extraordinarily clear that homosexuality is not permitted. Several passages in both the Old and New Testament make this explicitly clear such as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (emphasis mine),
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Other passages that express the same idea including but not limited to Romans 1 26-28, Leviticus 20:13, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11.
Some will raise the objection “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality!” This objection is misguided for two reasons:
The first being that since Jesus is one with God, and the entirety of both the Old and New Testament are inspired by God, ALL of the Bible is from Jesus, so whether or not he uttered a particular command during his time on Earth or not is irrelevant to its authoritativeness.
Second, Jesus does speak about sexual immorality, which based on on the numerous passages from Jesus and others in The Bible clearly consists of any sexual activity that takes place outside of a marriage between a husband and a wife. This would thus exclude homosexuality from God’s list of acceptable sexual behavior.
So, no matter how you look at it, the Bible forbids homosexuality. That does not mean that those with homosexual inclinations are to be hated or mistreated, as they most certainly are not. However, just as I am out of line with God’s commandments when I lust, or lie, or allow anger to guide my actions, homosexuals are out of line with God’s commandments when they have sexual relations with other members of the same sex.
Lauren’s answer sadly reinforces a feeling I’ve been getting lately, which is that many Christian musicians are dangerously ignorant of basic Biblical theology. This is particularly concerning considering that they are singing about God constantly and therefore listeners are likely to use the messages in these songs to form their understanding of God, to some degree. I do not claim to have a perfect understanding of everything the Bible teaches and I still have much to learn, but I have at least read it and God has blessed me with a relatively solid understanding of its basic principles.
I am concerned that Lauren is one of many Christian artists, nay Christians period, that do not have such an understanding. This is a failure not just on them as individuals, but on the Church as a whole to impart believers with a firm understanding of all aspects of our faith. This is something we must begin to correct immediately.