Earnestly Contending

Larry King, Jennifer Knapp, and Who Cares

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Miller on June 8, 2010

I’ll admit, I never really listened to Jennifer Knapp. I’m not really into her voice or her style of music. When I was young and judgmental I used to call her Jennifer Knappy Hair as a joke. That was wrong, and rude, though her hair was often pretty nappy.

It’s been five years since her last album debuted and the announcement of her Homo-sexual lifestyle is not really that shocking. Certainly this will put her in the public eye and possibly get her more sales after a 5 year hiatus. Although this might be more of a preemptive strike since she’s been in a public relationship with her partner and coming out with another album would put her back into the scrutinizing eye of the Christian media. So whether she is being preemptive or just has a really bad business strategy, she’s out of the closet and on Larry King.

Here’s why it shouldn’t matter to you…

1. This is what happens when we act like the world and make celebrities out of people for nothing more than their ability to pretend they are someone else,

their uniqueness to stand out from everyone else, and their down to earth uneducated representation of the most ignorant individual. That’s right. Just because someone can act doesn’t make them an expert on life. Just because a person won the Masters doesn’t mean he’s the moral standard for society. Just because a person starred on a reality show doesn’t mean that they have a degree in anything. These people don’t deserved the worship that the world gives them and the Christian celebrities aren’t much better.

2. We don’t go around writing articles on why the Pope is going to hell. He holds to a completely different system of beliefs as we do and we can’t expect him to understand or acknowledge our truth. The Bible says to treat those who are willfully sinning as unbelievers. Do you write articles about the gay guy in the next cubicle? Do you gossip about your neighbor who’s living with his girlfriend when they’re not even married? Then why do you feel the need to make Jennifer Knapp walk the line and make a public apology for the way she’s chosen to live her life? Does she go to your church? A lot of people claim to be Christian that are living in sin who never receive the onslaught of abuse that Jennifer Knapp is receiving from the Christian community. To be downright frank, it’s none of your business.

What do we do with Jennifer Knapp?

1. If you own any Jennifer Knapp albums you can do one of two things: get rid of them or keep them. Don’t allow your disappointment in Jennifer Knapp to rattle your faith in such a way that you’re not able to distinguish good content from bad content. If you find some evil hidden meaning in some of her songs then shame on you for not having the discernment to pick it out before you found out she was gay. If you can’t listen to Jennifer Knapp songs then don’t sing “YMCA” the next time you’re at a baseball game. Whatever you do, don’t be hypocritical.
2. Don’t critique her. I’m assuming you’ve never sat down and had a cup of coffee with Jennifer Knapp. I’m also assuming you don’t go to her church. If I’m right, then you don’t have to worry about it. If you don’t have a direct connection to her, then you really aren’t in a position to offer her any helpful advice. She’s getting enough criticism from people that don’t know her as it is. Worry about your own problems a little closer to home.
3. Giver her the same amount of your thoughts as you give to Ray Botlz. That’s right. He’s openly gay too. What a passing fad. Soon you’ll forget about Jennifer Knapp too. I still like some Ray Boltz songs though. That’s right. Don’t judge me.

How do I handle someone who comes out with an unrepentant sinful lifestyle?

1. The Bible says to confront sin. If someone sins against you in the church you are told to confront that person one on one, not blog about it (Matthew 18). If a person is living in sinfulness you are told to cast them out of the fellowship of your church and treat them like an unbeliever (1 Corinthians 5). Note also in this passage that we are not to hold the world to task based on this morality because they are unbelievers. If a person wants to argue about their sinful life, admonish them twice and then if they persist, reject them (Titus 3:10). Don’t give the useless arguments the chance to see the light of day by your ambition to win an argument. Don’t get stuck in that trap.
2. Love them. How would you treat a family member who came out with a sinful lifestyle? Try to see them as God saw you before you were saved. Paul says in Romans 1 that he is indebted to share the gospel. Showing debt instead of disdain might just give you the opportunity to pull them out of the fire (Jude 23).
3. Give them up. When God was dealing with the sinfulness of the world, He made their sins the consequences of their actions. Romans 1 says that He gave them up. This doesn’t mean that you should give up on loving them or sharing the gospel, but it does mean that you shouldn’t work at getting them to live a moral lifestyle apart from the saving work of Christ. Too often we circumvent the very act in which God is purposely using to claim His glory.

4. Live out the grace which you received. Their sin is not any different than your sin. The only thing that sets you apart is grace. Perhaps you are living in sin and you need to acknowledge it and repent. This is an excellent opportunity to show a working model of grace. Allow your repentance to be public so that you can honor God in it. Too often unbelievers look at the church and see perfect little clones and they regretfully acknowledge that they could never be like that. Demonstrating Grace is an excellent opportunity to show the world what truly makes us different from them. It’s not our polished good looks.
5. Pray for them. Pray that they will repent and be restored to the Body of Christ, pray that God will be magnified in His righteous judgment, and pray that you can be a clear testimony of grace.

Let me make something very clear: Homosexuality is sin. I have no desire to belittle that fact. However, I refuse to acknowledge the classification of Christian stardom apart from Hebrews 11 (Note: Some of the men listed in Hebrews 11 committed far worse acts than Jennifer Knapp). Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean we have the right to scrutinize their personal life. If anything we should be criticizing the media for making this issue public. Unless Jennifer Knapp applies for membership at my church I’ll probably never address her sin. Since I don’t own any of her music I don’t have to censor her lyrics or look for any hidden meanings. May God be glorified through her repentance or through His justice.

To check out an article and the videos of the Larry King show click the link blow.


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