Kirk Franklin Apologizes to LGBT Community for Treatment in Black Church
Unfortunately and way too often, members of the LGBT community aren’t always welcomed with open arms into Black church. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin is aware of this, and is apologizing for the homophobia.
During his interview with The Grio, Franklin said, “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. We have not treated them like people. We’re talking about human beings, men and women that God has created.”
Franklin went on to say, “It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual. 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 is one of the most well-known and respected gospel artists and his music has always resonated with the younger generation.
It’s nice to see someone of his stature call out the church for their treatment of the LGBT community!