I've never listened to the Backstreet Boys. Mainstream music, especially boy bands, just doesn't do it for me. However, I've heard "Welcome Home
You" on many occasions on K-Love, and it's one of my favorite songs that K-Love has been playing recently. I'm a huge Christian music fan (it's
pretty much all I listen to), and what I've heard from Brian I have liked.
However, that's my take on Brian, not on the issue you brought to light. I'll be honest, I didn't click any of the links you provided (kinda an
), but it sounds like the concern is, should preachers and others of Christian influence speak negatively about this guy for
either his actions, past actions, his devotion, or his lyrics.
Short answer: yes, no, yes, yes.
The most dangerous wolf is the one in sheep's clothing. If I'm a pastor or in some other leadership type position where other Christians younger
(knowledge wise) in their faith than myself look to me for guidance, I'm going to speak out if I think Brian's going on the right or
path. By Brian Littrell releasing this Christian album, he has made a public declaration that he is an ambassador for Christ. As such, his actions
represent Christ. Because he's so popular, those actions speak volumes towards the Christian community as a whole. How many times on these boards
alone have the Crusades been thrown in Christian's faces? The actions of a politician who used faith as a tool to acquire more territory have been
representative of Christianity in many people's minds for over 400 years, though there was nothing Christian about them. This is why pastors or
Christian leaders not only can, but should cry out when someone in the lime light claims Christ as their savior yet lives contrary to what they
As for the "no" answer, Brian should not and can not be condemned for anything he has done in the past. God forgave him for any mistakes he made in
the past, and God calls all of us to do the same, especially Christian leaders (who should lead by example).