Some fans of Contemporary Christian Music artist Lauren Daigle were absolutely ecstatic over her performance on the Ellen show a few days ago. Daigle performed “Still Rolling Stones,” which appears on her recently released album, Look Up Child.
Other fans, however, were less enthusiastic saying that Daigle should not have performed on the show due to the fact that Ellen is a lesbian who strongly advocates for gay rights. One disappointed fan tweeted, “Are you gonna even talk about God with Ellen? Or just omit God like in your last CD? Your music is becoming less and less about God. I still love your voice though. I pray you stay true to the Word of God and not compromise to be in the World.”
Christians who approved say that they saw it as an amazing opportunity for the artist to spread the light of Christ. Unfortunately, however, that didn’t seem to happen. Although the lyrics to the song she performed referred to “the voice of a Savior,” it made no mention of Jesus or God. Maybe the reason it didn’t was because Ellen was responsible for choosing which song she would sing. Daigle said the song’s primary message is about, “how love can roll away the darkness and give you new life.”
Daigle responded to her critics saying, “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? Be who Christ was to everyone.”
The 27-year-old singer also stated that during the closing of the show, Ellen embraced the message in her song telling the audience, “The same joy that you have felt here today, the same acceptance of people and the kindness towards people, the generosity towards other people that you have felt in this room, let that be the thing that you go out with.”
What is interesting about both of their statements is how similar their beliefs are. Daigle, a professed Christian, and Ellen, an openly gay entertainer both have the same philosophy. They are both promoting a false gospel of love and acceptance instead of sin and repentance.
While Daigle does mention Christ, it seems that despite being a professed Christian with ample opportunity to share the gospel message to secular audiences, she doesn’t do it.
A couple of weeks’ before appearing on Ellen, Daigle took the stage at the American Music Awards where she presented an award to the late rap star, XXXTentacion. Daigle was interviewed twice at the AMA Ceremony and not once did she glorify God or share her faith. Instead she gave glory to music (not God) for the ability to transform lives.
In a second interview, Daigle continues to talk about the power of music without mentioning God, Jesus, or her Christian faith. Later, when discussing her hit song, “You Say,” she says the song stopped people from committing suicide. When the interviewer asks how she feels about this, Daigle again credits the power of music and then says, “I choose to just stick with the fun. I’m like where’s the party at? Let’s have a good time.”
During her presentation and interviews, Daigle appears to be completely comfortable fitting in with Hollywood. Maybe Daigle simply needs to be reminded of James 4:4, which states, “don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
Or this passage: “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.
Some critics claim that Daigle is using Christian music as a way to gain fame and to advance her career. (It should be noted that Christian music has become extremely popular in recent years with 68% of all Americans saying they have listened to Christian music in the past month).
Daigle states the artists who influenced her were people like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Celine Dion, and the Dave Matthews Band. While growing up she says she told God she didn’t want Him to send her to Christian music. She also said that she doesn’t want to “only make music in the Christian genre.”
Others are concerned that she endorses the book and the movie, “The Shack,” which contains occult overtones and New Age teachings. (She collaborated with Needtobreathe on “Hard Love,” a song from the movie’s soundtrack.) When talking about the movie, Daigle says she especially loves the part where God portrays Himself as a woman.
One responder to the interview says it best, “Lauren means well…she is just misguided. The only time God came as a human form was through Jesus, end of story.”