“Daigle recently writhed seductively on Ellen’s program, and then claimed she didn’t know enough about the Bible to say whether or not homosexuality was a sin (Andy Stanley is her pastor, so that makes sense).”
(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen) Lauren Daigle writhes seductively with her midriff exposed in her Christian music videos, while singing about Jesus in tones that make you wonder if he’s her boyfriend. The Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry and its fans love it, as they look for a genre as close to godlessness as possible while still occasionally eluding to Jesus. It sells.
However, when CCM artists hit “the big time” they go secular. It happens over and over and over again. Jessica Simpson started out as an aspiring CCM star, before becoming a serial marrier whose fornicative sexual exploits were detailed by an ex-lover in Playboy Magazine. Bands like Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, Skillet, POD, and Amy Grant all tried crossover careers. Lecrae found mainstream success and has moved on to rap thuggery with some pretty ungodly secular artists, calling himself an “artist who is a Christian, rather than a Christian artist.”
The opposite is also true. Burned out secular stars go CCM (or Southern Gospel). The reason for this is simple; CCM is a “softer market” and it’s easier to become a star in that genre than in the public at large. It serves for many as an express lane to wider popularity, and most CCM artists – at least according to former CCM artists – aren’t even Christians.