ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) saw a powerful demonstration of faith on December 20, 2018 when a Christian singer took the stage to share the gospel. Lauren Daigle was a special musical guest on the show and spread the inspiring message of God’s love through her song, You Say. The single is part of her album, Look Up Child, which is breaking Billboard records and topping both Christian and non-Christian charts. It debuted with the biggest week of sales for a Christian music album in almost nine years and made the no. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, which tracks the most popular albums of a given week.
GMA has a massive following, with its July ratings putting it at the number one ranking for total viewers. In one of the last shows of the year this past December, viewers tuned in to a moving performance by Daigle, as she continued to appear on big network shows.
As Christian music rises in popularity and emerges as a major pop genre, we can hope to see even more roaring lambs emerge.
Her lyrics spread a powerful message of God’s acceptance and forgiveness, while also conveying a real sense of human vulnerability. You Say goes through the common emotions of feeling inadequate by listening to the voices of the world.
“I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?”
As the song goes on, the speaker eventually decides that God’s opinion is all that matters.
“Remind me once again just who I am,
because I need to know
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh you say that I am Yours.”
Lauren Daigle’s performance brings to mind Robert Briner’s book, Roaring Lambs, which was published in 1993. Its message of Christians making a difference in contemporary culture is even more relevant in today’s media-driven environment. As Christian music rises in popularity and emerges as a major pop genre, we can hope to see even more roaring lambs emerge. Lauren Daigle seems to be one of them. Instead of shying away from the more secular television shows and networks, she meets them head-on in order to reach an audience that otherwise may not have been.
In an interview with Billboard’s Christian chart manager, Jim Asker, Daigle openly declares her willingness to talk about faith.
“I don’t shy away from singing about my faith,” Daigle says. “I think it conveys honesty, and people see authenticity. More people are going to relate to my music if it’s sincere. I believe that wholeheartedly. That’s how you reach people that might not have felt that [the Christian genre] was their home before.”
People of faith can learn from Lauren’s example and use their gifts in order to spread God’s love in areas that may seem less willing to listen.