I may still be waiting for a different kind of Kirk Franklin’s Revolution, where equality is everything and separation from church and state absolute, but I was happy to read my fellow Patheos blogger weigh in last week and join in the chorus against Pulpit Profiteering.
Way to go Kirk!
He said in his post:
“When a pastor wants people to buy him a private plane while a missionary in Somalia bathes children with sores, that’s a shortage of character. When I camouflage my “greeds” to look like “needs,” that’s a shortage of character. “
Ooooooo, those are words! He called him out!
Now I gave quick 10 tips to prevent getting gauged (read more here) -but Kirk went for the jugular! Right about this time in my old neighborhood is when the instigator would jump in telling Creflo what Kirk said, then adding something about his mama just to make it stick.
Or someone would be tearing into Kirk about how he made his 8.5 million dollars. His own hustle. The 30 second throw down “Dollar vs Kirk’s dollars”.
Singing inspiration to the downtrodden, telling them it gets better on the other side, while telling people to keep looking up – while you gladly take their cash – is better? You selling the ultimate hustle. Telling people don’t cry and imagine and grinning through their suffering is better? Seriously here’s a lyric:
“I smile, even though I hurt see I smile I know God is working so I smile Even though I’ve been here for a while”
When do we use that anger and pain to do more than ask God?
I love singing – I love music, but much of Gospel is prayer set to a beat. Two hands working will do more than two hands clasped in prayer.
The more I delve into the historical civil rights movement – the more I understand the importance of nonbelievers in making things happen, because they needed to remind their religious colleagues to stop sipping their own punch, get off their knees and remember to march or fight.
I ain’t hatin on the playa. I’m just questioning the game.
I love the fact that he went there with Creflo but when do we move past the church dress codes, the strict biblical law, hating on women, shaming whoever, and the hypercritical hypocritical eye of religious bigotry? When do we get to address the black Baptist clergy in Texas that is an UPROAR because of the “abomination” of a black lesbian speaking at their conference? When do we stand against THAT character?
When do we move pass the hypnotic and stop profiting on people’s pain altogether Kirk, whether we call it inspiration or not, and DO MORE?