Last night I posted about Jennifer Knapp coming out – as well as returning to music. Naturally I have mixed emotions. I do not agree with where she stands, but then again, I love her music. It is raw, energetic, passionate, and honest. I like that in a singer. In fact, I need to remember that she is a person who plays great music, and not just some Christian lesbian. Does her sexuality determine her talents? Does her being gay suddenly now make her music suck? As she said in her interview with Christianity Today, she was gay when her first album came out. So what is changing?
If you know me, you know that I love Queen. I have always liked them, and I continue to buy their current projects and listen to their old ones. Are they Christian? By no means. Wasn’t Freddie Mercury gay? Yes, he was. Don’t their lyrics corrupt you? Aren’t you supporting heathen music? Nope, because I am firm in my faith and I don’t believe listening to “secular” music makes you a heathen, much less a bad Christian. It’s just music.
Yes, some music can lead people to do dumb things, and some should not be listened to by Christians (death metal and such). But not listening to some one just because they live a different lifestyle than you is not right. If you have a different conviction, then by all means, listen to that rather than me. But if you don’t, then please listen up. If you were to go and buy Jennifer Knapp’s new (or old) albums, listening to them WILL NOT make you gay, pro-gay, or the like. It just means you have great taste. It means that you are choosing to look past her sexuality and seeing her for the talented artist that she is.
I am asking Christians to support Jen. You don’t have to agree with her, but listen to her music. Go to her concerts. Support her in Love. Boycotting her just proves nothing. Picketing her concerts will show our ignorance. Banning her from the radio will prove that we are in fact anti-gay. Responding to her in Love, however, will show her (and the world) that we are in fact followers of Christ.
Jesus still loves Jennifer and I believe that she still loves Jesus. Aren’t we called to love both?