Hawk Nelson has responded after their lead vocalist Jon Steingard has declared on social media that "I no longer believe in God," explaining "it didn't happen overnight." Click here to read our article.
In response, Hawk Nelson has issued this official statement:
One of our best friends, one with whom we have walked, worked and lived alongside for 20 + years revealed some of his innermost feelings on his faith journey this past week.
Our mission as Hawk Nelson has always been to inspire and encourage all people with the truth that God is FOR them and not against them. In that message's most simple and purest form, that THEY matter.
So now we turn that truth towards one of our own. That God is still FOR Jon & he still matters. Why? Because that truth doesn't change just because we question it.
How we treat one another when they are at a different stage in their journey based on their life experiences is part of a bigger conversation. WE are called to Love one another unconditionally, as God loves us. We should also encourage and challenge one another in our Faith, seeking truth.
Are we the authors of our own salvation and eternity? Or has God provided a way for us through Jesus? These are the questions that we each must ask and explore.
In the Bible (Romans 8:38) Paul writes, "... I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love... neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The same Lord is Lord of all, and gives richly to all who call on Him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Ever thankful and grateful for how God has used this band, the music and the relationships and how He continues to do so.
-Daniel, David and Micah / Hawk Nelson