After a brief post dealing with the breaking news of Jars of Clay front man Dan Haseltine’s latest comments on homosexuality, we received tons of attention on REDGRACE. Today it seems like Haseltine put out yet another statement attempting to clarify and bring some context to his controversial Twitter statements. After looking over the Christian artists comments, any attempt to clarify his position on the matter failed. It is simply not enough to say that you were trying to be clear, it’s simply not enough to say that you are trying to be sensitive to certain contextual issues in your statements, or that you did not do a good job moderating a discussion or that you did not choose your words well; the duty of a true believer is to call sin sin! Indeed, Haseltine rightly identified his poor choice of words, but there was no clarification on the most import point of all, is homosexuality sin, yes or no? Jesus was never confused as to what was light and darkness what was evil and what was good who were the sons of the devil and who were the sons of God (e.g. John 7.7).
In his statement Haseltine sounds like he has never read the bible. He makes the issue of homosexuality sound like it is up for debate:
“I wanted to figure out if I had a blind spot. Was I buying into a form of oppression? Or does the legalization of gay marriage actually undermine traditional marriage and the biblical view of how we are called to live our lives? So… yes, the implications and applications of answers to these hard questions are staggeringly important. And my engagement of the issue of just under 3 days left me very under equipped to answer my own questions.”
I really could not believe the confusion in his words. Is Dan just totally ignorant of what the Bible really teaches and what faithful believer’s have believed about sexuality for thousands of years? Makes you really consider why, if Dan really does not have discernment on issues like this, should pastors, churches and parents want Mr. Haseltine influencing their children and even themselves in a spiritual way? I think we have just settled for far too low of a standard of accountability for Christian artists, no matter what their guild. The truth remains, If Haseltine is going to be truly faithful and truly apologetic this is what he must do, he must be like Jesus and love the law of God and make moral judgments based on Biblical theology. Loving God’s Law is evidence of being a new covenant believer (Jer. 31.33). If Haseltine simply cannot call homosexuality what it is, SIN, then he will need to continue to put out more “statements” until he gets it clear. The truth is that there is far too much political correctness in the church and in mainstream Christian artists. Sadly, the result will be that Christians will continue to be marginalized more and more for an unbiblical position if we fail to take a true Biblical stance on such a critical culture-shaping issue as sexuality and what the Bible really has to say about it. It is one thing to suffer for righteousness but having an unbiblical position on homosexual marriage is to suffer for your own folly (1 Pet. 3.17). If we are going to be marginalized, let it be because we did so for biblical reasons and not simply moralistic reasons; that would not distinguish us from Mormons, Muslims, Jews or the KKK for that matter. We hope for better words in the days to come from Mr. Haseltine if his reputation as a Christian artist is to remain but as of yet there is no longer any reason to believe that his art, music, and performances are done to the glory of God because they are not reflecting the true character and nature of the Biblical gospel.
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.