Update: Haseltine posted an update on his remarks to his blog.
In a series of tweets over the last few days, Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine joined a growing number of Americans in supporting gay marriage. One of Contemporary Christian Music’s most popular bands, Jars of Clay has won Grammys, Dove Awards, and sold millions of records. “The treatment of people as less than human based on the color of skin is crazy… Or gender, or sexual orientation for that matter,” Haseltine tweeted on Tuesday. “I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?”
While a musician with political opinions is nothing terribly new, Haseltine’s tweets have generated a great deal of conversation in the last few days. Charisma News has reported “The Shattering of Jars of Clay,” and conservative blogger and professor Denny Burk posted some of Haseltine’s remarks over at his website. “We are heartbroken that he is shaking his fist in Jesus’ face. When did Dan depart from truth?” Amy Spreeman asked at Stand Up for the Truth.
Although he hasn’t responded to critics directly, Haseltine argued via Twitter that “It is a form of dismissal when we assume we know a person once we identify their ‘sin.’ We withhold love for fear it would enable.” He suggested that, although the Scriptures may be without error, humankind’s interpretation of the Scriptures is never without error and that should lead Christians to err on the side of love rather than judgement.
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