Jon Foreman, frontman of the Grammy Award winning Christian rock band Switchfoot, recently turned heads when he appeared to affirm people living an LGBTQ+ lifestyle in a video posted to the band’s TikTok page.
In the video, which has received over 22,000 views, Foreman replies to openly queer artist Grace Baldridge who goes by Semler on stage. Earlier this year, Semler independently released an album titled “Preacher’s Kid,” which reached the number one spot on the iTunes Christian album chart, overtaking Lauren Daigle’s “Look Up Child.”
Semler’s album comes with an “explicit warning” tag and condemns many aspects of her Christian upbringing. In the song “Bethlehem,” Baldridge questions the historicity of Jesus’ birth, talks about marrying another woman, says “f@#k a saviour,” and accuses missions trips of being scams.
“Preacher’s Kid” drew praise from deconstructing exvangelical Kevin Max. The DC Talk member told Baldridge, “Excited for you and for this breakthrough @GraceBaldridge … it’s high time Christian music got a shake up with a message of reality & hope beyond the homogenized CCM…kinda historic, definitely amazing.”
Baldridge posted a video, viewed over 62,000 times, letting her followers know she is a “big” Switchfoot fan, recounting that the first song she shared with another girl was one of Switchfoot’s. But the “Preacher’s Kid” artist questioned if Switchfoot affirms the LGBTQ+ community.
“No one really knows if Switchfoot likes the gays or not. We don’t know. They’ve never said it,” Baldridge expressed. “I think it’s important for Christians to understand that the harm levied against LGBTQ+ people has been so specific, so the affirmation needs to be just as specific.”