Christian rock act Hawk Nelson issued a statement supporting former frontman Jon Steingard on Wednesday (May 27) following his announcement he's leaving the band after a crisis of faith.
"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," the remaining members of the group -- Daniel Biro, Micah Kuiper, and David Niacaris -- shared on Instagram. "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," they continued. "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."