A popular Christian singer named Lauren Daigle got tripped up by the same question that has stumped many popular Christian figures in modern times: do you think that homosexuality is a sin?
When confronted with that question during an interview this week, Daigle made a clumsy attempt to steer around the land mine. "I can't honestly answer on that," she said. "In a sense, I have too many people that I love that 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. Like, I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out, let me know because I’m learning too.'"
Daigle has taken heat for this answer, and for good reason. But it should be noted that Daigle has recently taken heat for many bad reasons as well. She has been criticized by scores of Christians for appearing on "Ellen." She has been scolded for the outfits she wears. She has been reprimanded for the way she speaks and the way she sings. She has been attacked for being too "mainstream," too popular, too "worldly." She has been harangued for giving interviews at awards shows and failing to say the words "Jesus Christ" a sufficient number of times during the course of her answers. She has faced a lot of stupid, pointless criticism from petty and envious Christians. She has made some mistakes, as we all have, but many of her critics have behaved worse and brought far more shame to their faith in the process.
But this time, with the homosexuality question, she gave her critics a legitimate excuse. If you're going to earn your money by catering to a Christian audience, you can't claim that you "don't know" what the Bible has to say about sexual morality. Especially when the Biblical view is so straightforward and explicit. Romans 1:26-26, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Leviticus 18:22, among many other passages, all make the matter clear. It's rather hard to believe that Daigle has never encountered these verses.
So, what should she have said? Of course I would like to hear her say, "Yes, it's a sin." But that's not the only option, and probably not the best one in that circumstance. She would have been perfectly justified in refusing to answer. It was an insincere and irrelevant question posed at the very end of the interview with no opportunity for any sort of meaningful discussion. The purpose was to generate headlines and attention for the interviewer and his show. I don't blame him for that, but Daigle was under no obligation to play along. Jesus was not willing to engage with insincere questions, why should we? If someone is really interested in having a discussion about Biblical morality, we should be open to the dialogue. But if they are just laying a trap, or playing a game, then there is no rule that says we must cooperate.
Daigle could have said, "Go read your Bible and see for yourself," and left it at that. That would be the equivalent of Christ's "You say so" response to Pilate. She did say this, but unfortunately she said it while claiming that she has no idea what's in the Bible. Take all that out of her response, boil it down to "read your Bible," and there would be nothing to criticize.
Alternatively, she could have told the truth. She could have said something like: "Listen, the Bible says homosexuality is a sin. I believe in the Bible. But on a personal level I really struggle to understand and accept these teachings because I have gay friends and family members. I am trying to better comprehend why the Bible says what it says, and I hope you'll pray for me as I pursue a deeper understanding of God's word." That would affirm the Bible even while refusing to give her interrogator the ammo or the headline he was seeking.
The problem is that she said she didn't know the answer, which wasn't honest or credible. It was also completely unnecessary.