If you’ve been paying attention to the wonderful wild world of vapid televised entertainment in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen Lauren Daigle blowing up all over the place. She has charmed the world and its various musical charts with her most recent album LookUp Child, and for good reason.
It’s really good music.
She has really crossed a lot of barriers when it comes to her music. She is on billboards all over the place. They even advertise her music in Europe. Personally, I think it’s because she has a tremendous voice and her soul is on full display in the way that she sings.
From people who I know who know her, apparently that’s just how she is. She’s apparently kind, wildly excitable about anything worth celebrating, and infectious with her enthusiasm. One friend described her as a hippy at heart. The teenage girls with whom I have worked have adored her for her powerful delivery of music and her shameless walk before the Lord amongst people, single for now, but not forever, and forever dedicated as a child of God.
Her fame and her success have attracted many.
I cannot imagine the cost of fame. When you become famous for something that you enjoy, it is possible for fame to attempt to distract you from the thing you love, like a siren, calling the ship to crash into the rocks so close to the shore.
There are those who desire to see famous Christians brought down a notch. There are Christians who wish for that fame and lack it and so suspect anyone having succeeded of selling out. There are other Christians who believe we must cloister ourselves away from the wicked nasty world, like sealing ourselves in Tupperware so we don’t get any of that icky sin on ourselves.
There are people who place their faith elsewhere who think it is inappropriate for people who don’t sacrifice their souls upon the altar of fame to suddenly have fame. For them it’s a sacrilege of the highest order to have fame and a soul.
In the middle of all of these voices, we find Lauren, a daughter of the King of the universe, an artist, a worship leader, a singer, going onto the Ellen show.
For some, going to Ellen was tantamount to selling out her faith. For others, it was the insincerity of outreach because it looked good on public relations. For yet others, it was the illustrative proof that she truly was just hiding amongst the herd until she could break out and leave us all behind.
Not long after, in an interview, Lauren was given the opportunity to win back the undying favor of people who would rather hide behind clearly defined rules rather than risk the messy relationships with real people cherished by the heart of Almighty God. When asked if homosexuality was a sin, she punted.
But she punted to the clearest authority on the planet. She told the interviewer, basically, if you are confused about the rules, you should go read the Bible.
Cause let’s be clear. If you go listen to an album sung by Lauren Daigle or any of the singles which she has been thrilled to help record, not a single one of them is a thesis on human sexuality. Each and every song she sings is, however, packed with something that people seem all too inclined to withhold from her:
She sings of the compelling and perfect love of the Father. She sings of the love that took a beating and walked a bloody trail up to Golgatha. She sings of the patient and peaceful love of the Holy Spirit breathing truth into our stubborn and unlistening ears. She sings of the love shared by those who know these truths.
The love that saved her soul is the love that sustains her through the negativity of the Christian business machine that is very good at one thing only: driving people away from the message of God.
If you have become an unwitting accomplice of that machine, you need to check yourself.
Most artists, as they tour, have merchandise they sell. It is possible to make a lot of money for your tour off of merch. I have born witness. It is a marvel how much fans of an artist will throw down 30, 40, 50 bucks on a low quality shrinking wonder of a T-shirt because of how much they love a singer.
Daigle? She gives a considerable space of her merch tables to sell products from 3 Seams.
So glad you asked.
3 Seams is a ministry that goes into areas where human trafficking is a threat to women and children and sets up shops to pay living wages to women who are at risk. The income ensures they won’t become part of the sex trade to pay their bills. It gives industry and dignity to the area.
And they make some good stuff.
It makes great Christmas gifts.
Here’s their website.
So, a lot of Lauren Daigle’s table has nothing to do with Lauren Daigle. It has to do with offering freedom and independence from sex trafficking to women in countries, some of whom she will never meet. And if you have said something snarky about this precious sister and her answers and her proximity with people who need the love of Jesus Christ, I offer this challenge.
Make a huge portion of your life and ability to enrich yourself about someone far from you who needs help and freedom. Make a huge portion of your life about people and their endless need for love. Make a huge portion of your day about seeking out the needs of every heartbeat and the souls accompanying them in your path.
And once you have begun to live the way that Jesus designed us, taste your bitter words, and discover, like me, that God will forgive your rash judgmental hypocrisy, and use you to love the people He loves.
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