Speak up for the Captives

[I have sent them out into the world]

When I sat down to write this, my heart was heavy, but I knew that the burden was light. (Matthew 11:28-30)  I don’t write to be heard. I write so that God’s voice might be heard. (I don’t write on my own either.) I understand that it’s His voice that sets the captives free, not mine.  

I knew there was at least one song to go with this piece, so I typed the words that were on my heart into the search box.

I listened to a couple of the songs that came up right away and saved them to my YouTube account. Then I listened to the last song.  

Without a doubt, I knew this was one of the songs that I’d use.  My heavy heart began to lighten as I listened, not only as a result of the words being sung, but also because I could see so clearly the beautiful heart that was singing these words.  This was a heart filled with love for her Jesus, and a willingness to share the spirit and the gift that God had given her.  I cried.  I always do when God’s love overwhelms me.

If you haven’t heard the news, there’s been a lot of finger pointing and stone slinging towards the lovely Lauren Daigle for appearing on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

One comment I caught referred to Lauren as a Jezabel and another referred to her as a wolf. Some of the comments were an attack on Ellen DeGeneres.

Is this Love? No, it isn’t.  Lauren’s heart is right.  Her response to all the criticism was this:

“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?” she continued. “Be who Christ was to everyone.”  [source: Billboard.com ]

Lauren also said this: “I think the second we start drawing lines around which people are able to be approached and which aren’t, we’ve already completely missed the heart of God,” [source:  Billboard.com ]

“When they kept on questioning, [Jesus] straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” –John 8:7

I couldn’t agree more with Lauren.  Good for her for being a light to the world.  Good for her for not hiding her light. (Matthew 5:14-15 )  

This dedicated artist has that same light and beauty that I see in the performers of the first video you’ll find at the end of this post.  It’s no wonder the devil is hell-bent on cutting her down and causing a commotion.

“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” –Romans 14:4

Don’t buy into the Lies…

Another comment that struck me was that this wasn’t even limited to Lauren Daigle or Ellen DeGeneres; it then turned into an attack on the Christian music industry. Lies follow lies. (Jeremiah 9:6 )

Specific groups and songs were mentioned, then someone commented that the devil had corrupted the Christian music industry all together.  

He’d love for you and I to believe this one.  Why? Because Scripture tells us to encourage one another with Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Righteous judgement was tossed around as well…

We’ve been instructed to take the plank out of our own eye first so that we can see clearly. (Matthew 7:5)

When Jesus was being judged incorrectly for healing on the Sabbath day He said this to His accusers: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” (John 7:24)

The question then is how do we fight this kind of fire?

The Bible says that we overcome evil by doing good. (Romans 12:21)  Flinging stones, backbiting and cursing is counterproductive; it’s only more evil, and it adds more fuel to the fire. (1 Peter 3:9)

Instead, let’s support those who are ministering to us in song.  Let’s pray for them wherever God leads them. Let’s also pray for those who are blinded by Satan’s lies.  

The Twisting of Scripture

In some of the comments that I read, it was clear that Satan was twisting Scripture to suit his own purpose.  In fact, to justify all of the accusations, he used this particular verse quite frequently:

“You adulterous people, 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. — James 4:4

The devil knows Scripture well, and he knows exactly how to use it for his own agenda.  This verse isn’t instructing us to segregate ourselves from the world. Jesus too was accused of spending time with sinners.  

We ALL are sinners and ALL have fallen short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:22-24)  Some of us, most mercifully, are sinners who’ve been saved by God’s grace. (Matthew 9)

As the saved, it’s our obligation to point the way to Jesus, so that those who don’t know Him may receive that same forgiveness and freedom that we ourselves never earned.  

For a more in-depth look at this verse on ‘friendship with the world’ please read this Focus on the Family article.

Friendship with the world: what it is and isn’t

If God doesn’t send us out into the world then the captives won’t be set free.  We must speak, not only with our words, but also with our lives.  It’s our actions that prove we are in Jesus and that He is in us. Therefore, we must go out into the world and walk as Jesus walked.  Thankfully, Jesus does send us out.  (John 17:15-19)

“Therefore Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one following Me shall not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”” –John 8:12

 

 

12 Thoughts

  1. Loved the poem your grandpa wrote for his wife…my phone is still not recognizing that I follow you so when I go to your page it won’t let me comment..it’s getting super frustrating:( it does the same thing with Brenda’s on becoming a tapestry

    1. Thanks Alicia. ❤ Yeah, I don't like to see others being shredded. Nobody deserves that, and Lauren is doing as she should. I hope and pray that those who are believing lies will realize there error.

  2. Great post. I’ve never quite got the uproar that seems to come from certain portions of people who claim to be Christians. If we’re to be “like Christ”…aren’t we supposed to be “rubbing elbows” with the drunks and the prostitutes? To the point that the Pharisees of the times question who we are? (Seems to be what Jesus did.)

    These voices have been around for a long time…and in watching the impact, they seem to drive/promote separating from the world, instead of being in and not of the world. The exact opposite of what we’ve been called to do. So if those voices are promoting the opposite of what God has called us to do, and who we are to be…which group is really the one speaking for “the other side.”

  3. I applaud Lauren Daigle for having the courage to go on Ellen, especially because it was likely to cause controversy. We are called to share Jesus with the world, this is known as the Great Commission.
    The Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to His disciples to spread His teachings to all the nations of the world. (Matthew 26: 18-20) The Ellen DeGeneres talk show is extremely popular and I believe holds the number one spot for day-time talk show. That is a huge platform for her to share her testimony, share the love of Jesus–which every single person needs–and for her to share the gospel.
    The apostle Paul made it his life’s mission to share the gospel of Christ everywhere he went, and I do not believe he would have resisted such a huge platform. Let God do the work, and shout from every platform that God brings you to who Jesus is and the love that He gives freely for all in the world.
    God knows what He is doing and He made the way for her to be on that show. Instead of speaking hate, pray for all of the people that watch the show to see Jesus in her and for them to be encouraged to read more about Him!
    After all, it isn’t about the music, Lauren Daigle or even Ellen for that matter. It is about the gospel and Jesus Christ. May His glory shine through ALL that is done in His name and may He change all the hearts of those who watch! Amen!

    1. Amen and absolutely. I applaud her too. She’s doing what she’s been called to do and being obedient to the Lord. Thanks for your comment! ❤

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