Over the past two weeks, Kirk Franklin (who just won a Grammy for his single “Wanna Be Happy”) has caused quite the frenzy with a photo that included him and blasphemous rapper Kanye West. Franklin has come out and said that he was indeed working with West and appeared with him on last week’s Saturday Night Live. Franklin also posted in response to his critics admonishing those that criticized him for his assumed affiliation with West.
Between Kirk Franklin’s Kanye-Gate and Oxygen Television’s Preachers of Atlanta, there’s plenty to talk about in the church world these days. Problem with it all is that it’s just talk, conjecture if you will! G. Craige Lewis is again perched atop his dunghill EX Ministries spewing vitriol aimed at his nemesis Kirk Franklin and believers with sense try to figure out who thought it was a good idea to put Le’Andria Johnson back on television.
Kirk has done his fair share of harm to the church
Who knows what’s really going on? Kirk and Kanye do and they aren’t offering any answers. Just a lot of conjecture and the talking heads and the minions of EX Ministries left to their own devices, which has lead to destructive conversations about the most noble act in christendom, evangelism. Let’s be frank, Kirk’s evangelism doesn’t look like yours! It’s hard to really see what’s going on here, but does that give the public license to surmise that Kirk has single-handedly ushered in this generation’s apostasy?
Nope…in fact, to point fingers and call Kirk names violates Paul’s apostolic admonition to cover a fallen brother. But then, that’d be too Godly for the self-righteous rodents like Lewis and those that think like him. Over the past 20 years, Lewis has made clear his intent to undermine Franklin’s success and appeal. His vitriolic journalism is just about as jaundiced and cowardly as the underbelly of a bottom feeder whose only delight is feasting on small minded conversation.
Kirk Franklin’s worldwide appeal
The argument against Kirk is faulty. Believers have judged the work of Christ (proximity to sinners/ fellowship) with Paul’s words. Christ was called to the world, but the Apostle Paul was called to the church. The church has for too long insulated itself against the world outside its four walls. Perhaps those who are not saved should one day awake from their sin induced stupor and seek out the nearest church? That’s not how it works!
Believers are not called to build mini Kingdoms here, they are a part of Christ’s Kingdom, at large. Remember these words: “whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17). Still, believers must make that water available to those that thirst. Jesus also commissioned believers to go out into the highways and hedges and “compel men to come” (Luke 14:23).
Check out Kirk Franklin’s response to criticism
While the airwaves have been clouded with this cacophonous communique, who has risen to the challenge of presenting a fresh perspective on evangelism? Has the black church lost its appetite for evangelism? Gay marriage, gay members, tithes and offerings, politics, it’s not hard to see how it may have fallen to the bottom of the pile.
Many churches operate with little to no new members or retention, throughout the year. Yet, there’s time to discuss one believer’s association(albeit the greatest gospel artist in the world) with an unbeliever? Today’s church is a terrible ambassador for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
It’s time to be Kingdom minded about Kirk and Kanye:
- Kanye is not a Christian rapper and should not be perceived as such.
- His new album is not a gospel album regardless of his ridiculous claims and Kelly Price’s endorsement as such.
However, Kirk’s proximity to Kanye looks more like Jesus than Lucifer and deserves another, honest look.
This column is willing to take a breath and a deeper look into the Kirk and Kanye saga. Proverbs 11:30 says: “…he that winneth souls is wise” and Franklin’s critics would be wise to quell their qualms against him, lose their pride and pray for him.
He has gone into the den to retrieve a soul consumed by the evil one’s vicious roar (1 Peter 5:8), believers should be careful that stones from the self-righteous don’t consume him!