Jon Foreman, lead singer of Christian band Switchfoot, is on a promotional tour to hype up his solo project “The Wonderlands.” He begins a concert tour for the album in August. Known for playing secular venues and dodging the “Christian artist” label, he is popular in both Christian and secular music worlds. As part of the promotional tour, Foreman recently did an interview with NGEN Radio, a Christian music station in the Houston, Texas area that plays to a younger audience with Christian hip hop and upbeat Christian pop tunes.
Foreman’s morning show interview with NGEN’s DJ, Carder, was on the heels of the infamous Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. Carder proceeded to ask the singer his thoughts on all the back and forth heated arguments surrounding that decision. He seemed a little guarded and hesitant about how to answer the question, then slowly and methodically gave his opinion on the subject, which is paraphrased by me since I didn’t record it and couldn’t find any online source to directly quote it. Foreman acknowledged that this issue, like so many others, serves to polarize and divide society. He went on to say that it’s unfortunate that people are quick to draw their lines over it and that he is the type of person who feels you have to be willing to hear all sides and get different opinions of those who may not agree with your own opinion so you can better understand why they believe as they do. Foreman then concluded by saying that Christians should be listening and loving towards others.
Nowhere in the snippet of the broadcast interview did Foreman state what the Bible actually says on sexual relationships, nor did he criticize or even condemn the idea of gay “marriage.” Is it really necessary to openly consider all sides when God’s word is as clear as black and white on real marriage? Was Foreman’s answer just a mushy middle answer to avoid offending anyone? Could it have been an answer given out of fear of men because it could affect his popularity and livelihood? In the snippet, he never revealed where he really stood on the issue. But if you were to read the Bible from cover-to-cover, it is crystal clear without question what all of God’s people thought about marriage–whether prophet, priest, king, apostle, or regular commoner. And wherever a society in the Bible, including Israel, was on its way down and out, the issues that negatively affected God’s view of the family (like all forms of fornication) were part of the problem.
All in all, Foreman’s handling of the question made me question where his heart really is. I wasn’t surprised considering how most popular in-the-spotlight “Christians” tend to be.
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 1 Kings 18:21
…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4