Carrie Underwood Takes the Stage at Passion Conference
Singing sensation and Country music star Carrie Underwood took the stage at this year's (January 2-4) Passion Conference, an annual event attracting young adults from around the country. Carrie Underwood took the stage for a few minutes with David Crowder as an estimated 50,000 people packed the dome in Atlanta, GA for the yearly worship gathering.
After Day 1 of the gathering, Passion Conferences tweeted,
All 50 States. 90 Countries. 50,000 Strong. Thank You Jesus! It's going to be tough to sleep w/ our hearts exploding! Can't wait for Day 2!
Described as a young adult movement, other speakers at this year's event included Beth Moore, John Piper, Louie Giglio (founder), musician Matt Redman and others.
Not all Christian groups were happy about the move to have Carrie Underwood on stage because of her stance on gay marriage. Underwood, raised Baptist, in 2012 she came out, along with her church in full support of gay marriage. She told the Independent in 2012 as reported by Glaad,
"Our church is gay friendly," she explains. "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or 'everyone has to be like me.' No. We're all different. That's what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It's not up to me to judge anybody."
Because of this stance on the issue, the American Family Association has issued an open letter to Passion founder Louie Giglio asking him for specifics on the decision. Wesley Wildmon states,
"Louie, I am 27 years old and one of the most important ideas I have learned to cling to in my few short years of ministry is the difference between preference and principle. The genre of music, what age group to focus on, what topic to teach, etc. are preferences. They are important, but only preferences. Someone may prefer contemporary music and another rap. Neither is wrong. The Word of God is not a preference, but principles God has spoken. God is right about marriage and Carrie Underwood is wrong."
At the time of this article, a response by Passion had not yet been issued.