In the April edition of Christianity Today Jennifer Knapp revealed a truth that has been long hidden; she considers herself to be a homosexual. Many will hear this news and become disillusioned given her years of performing as a Christian artist. Others will be frustrated that moral failure seems to be a recurring theme in the Christian music industry. While there will be others who will be just plain mad. Mad that Jennifer could take their money and yet reject their faith in such a public way. Mad that she delivers one more black eye to the face of Christianity. I am not in any of these camps.
I am sad because it seems that Jennifer Knapp never really understood the Gospel that she sang about. Knapp said in a recent interview:
“I would rather be judged before God as being an honest human being,” she said. “If I am in any way unpleasing in his sight, I can only hope and pray that he gives me the opportunity to find who I am supposed to be.”
I find this more than sad… I find this tragic. Tragic because while Jennifer rubbed shoulders with legendary performers like Michael W. Smith, sang at events like the Franklin Graham Festivals and won two coveted Dove awards for New Artist of the Year and Rock song of the year in 1999; she missed the most precious thing of all – The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Can there be anything more tragic? No.