The Gospel star talks about religion and homophobia in the Black Church, telling Christians to stop using the Bible to attack gay people.
Nine-time Grammy winning artist, producer, and songwriter Kirk Franklin is known as an artist that pushes boundaries. Even so, when he produced his first studio album in four years, provocatively titled Losing My Religion, the Gospel star ruffled a few feathers with his comments on the issue of the Church and homosexuality.
Franklin explains what he means by losing religion:
Religion, throughout the years, has become a very oppressive thing that doesn’t allow people to get to know the God it was created to try to lead them to.
Franklin went on to comment about how the black church has treated gay people.
“I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we’ve used and we’ve embarrassed… and all this other horrible crap that we’ve done,” he said. “We have not treated them like people. We’re talking about human beings, men and women that God has created.”
“The Bible is not a book that’s an attack on gay people,” he added. “It’s not a book written to attack gay people.”
Overall, Franklin said he wants people who identify as gay, straight or other to realize that God is about grace and love.
“It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual,” Franklin said. “That’s not what the Bible is. I mean you want to talk about things that God gets at… pride and jealousy and envy and arrogance. But what we also see is God sending his son to save us all, because we were all… straight, gay or whatever, lost and in need of a savior, and there’s room at the cross for all of us.”
Franklin’s comments are in stark contrast to those of Gospel singer Kim Burrell who used her pulpit to preach about what she called the ‘perverted homosexual spirit’. Burrell claimed that gay Christians risk death. “You play with it. You’ll die from it. You play with it in God’s house in 2017, you’ll die from it.”