Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lauren Daigle, Carrie Underwood, and Christianity

So, there's a lot of talk about Lauren Daigle and her response on some media show to their question about homosexuality. She didn't give the most biblical answer... and it reminded me of when Carrie Underwood didn't give the most biblical answer on this either... but I still fully stand behind both of them as beautiful Christian lights in a dark world. 

You probably have already developed your opinion on this, but I thought I'd share another perspective to think about.... 

These ladies may know the Bible truth about homosexuality, but are unsure of how to approach it in a public setting without offending people who could be reached with the Gospel... I certainly don't agree with their responses, but I also want to give them grace for their response. I don't like how so many people from the church are criticizing them so harshly. 

Christians need to support our people, not necessarily their answers. Erik and I were talking about how we might answer that question in a public setting - hopefully, we'd be bold enough to say, that isn't a core tenet of my belief system, but I do have an opinion on it. You are welcome to go to the Bible and form an answer for yourself... or something like that. 

I also saw something about how Ellen chatted with Lauren Daigle (before the comment), and she gave her really good advice about being in the public eye - basically, keep going and persevere because you have the potential to have longevity in the music industry - and that was the day Lauren sang an overtly Christian song on Ellen's show. It's embarrassing that the church is the one that Lauren has to persevere through right now. :-( 

All that to say, I was super bummed when Carrie commented on this a few years ago with another answer I disagree with, but I still think Carrie is a rock-solid example of a Christian in an industry that needs people to shine a light for Jesus. Lauren is just getting into that industry, and hopefully she can have thick skin through this. She is doing the best she can, most likely, in how to represent Jesus in the secular industry... and I don't think she ever expected to be in that secular industry! I think it was a surprise that her music crossed over, so she's probably still figuring all this out. 

I still am black and white about homosexuality. I just realize that people have to be so careful about the words they speak nowadays, maybe because I am in the writing industry and have to over-analyze things. If Lauren had said homosexuality was a sin, she may have been shunned from the secular arena and never been able to witness again... but she said she didn't know if it was a sin, and now the Christian community is condemning her. Rough spot. I understand standing up for the Bible, but what about spreading Jesus' name to those who need it. **insert advertisement here for Andy Stanley's book, Irresistible! I am not sure I agree with everything in it, but there is SO much good stuff about what our focus as Christians should be: our Savior and His resurrection and making that relatable for people who don't know Him!**

Lauren Daigle --and other Christians like Carrie Underwood-- need our support, not necessarily for their doctrinal answers, but for their platform in a world that needs Jesus. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

God works during snowstorms and canceled church services!

So a twice-in-a-lifetime event happened today. Church was canceled. My church has only been canceled once... maybe a few more?... in its 30+ years of existence. So to have it canceled for blizzard conditions on April 14 is just weird. Everyone in our state is so over the snow! It's kinda funny.

Ironically enough, right as soon as I found out about service being canceled, my husband says he's going out in the snow to run an errand!! Really? I wasn't super happy about it, but I know he is a good safe winter driver and he has a truck, which helps a lot!

Since I had planned to be online for 5 p.m. service as a church host (check us out sometime - during our weekend services!!), my night opened up. I randomly decided if it was going to be a blizzard we should get pizza and if Erik was going out for an errand, he could pick it up. Oddly enough, I wasn't super in the mood for pizza and I know it's not the healthiest and I was okay making dinner, so I was ready to make the "right" decision and change plans. However, I stuck with my gut and figured we should just do it.

So Erik ran his errand and then went to get pizza at Papa Murphys. While there, he finds out that one of their employees is stuck in the snow. He happens to drive by the stuck car on his way out, and so he decides to help. He directs/helps the employees who were trying to get the car unstuck so they knew where to shovel. Eventually, the car got unstuck. He volunteered to follow the girl driving out of the parking lot in case she got stuck again and she did. He helped again. As they chatted after that, Erik asked if she lived close and if someone could just come get her so she wouldn't get stuck on the way home and she said her dad could. She then started to cry, overwhelmed and grateful and wondering why Erik helped her and Erik said, You know, if this happened to my daughter, I would want someone to help her as well. He helped her get her car safely into a parking spot until her dad came.

Oh and the people in Papa Murphys wanted to make sure Erik got a little something for helping and they gave him a free pizza coupon and free cookie dough. Bonus!

Anyway, shout out to my hubby for helping... and shout out to God for being the kind of God who orchestrates a string of events to help someone in need. Very grateful. He is a good God. ... and He brought me an amazing, kind, helpful husband who cares about people.