“In the church, especially the African-American church during the seventies and eighties, homosexuality was a big problem. It still is in some places. It’s a problem today in gospel music–A MAJOR CONCERN–and everybody knows it. … It seems that more than half the young people involved in dance, music, and the theater are openly gay. … and the gospel music scene has not been exempt from that” (Franklin, pp. 39,40).
Now that Kirk Franklin is hosting a gospel knockoff of American Idol, we wanted to take a retroactive look at his frank, but scripted admission about homosexuality, black gospel music and the black church. Unfortunately, the situation is so confusing, we could only ask more questions.
Its been almost ten years since Kirk Franklin dropped this tiny bombshell about homosexuality and the gospel music industry in his autobiography Church Boy. But has anything changed? Have there been any attempts by the gospel music industry (which falsely claims to be exalting Christ) to hold these talented —but ungodly— homosexuals accountable? Have any of the many major black church leaders, who on a regular basis rub shoulders with homosexual gospel artists and musicians, broke the code of silence darkening in the genre? Why are black churches still inviting, celebrating and paying top dollar to men and women who are engaging in unrepentant sexual immorality? Is the church no longer concerned with the scriptures?
In that time since Franklin’s leak, have things gotten worse spiritually in the gospel music industry? Did Franklin’s years of pornography bondage (while at the top of the charts) prevent him from correcting others? Now that he claims to be free, why isn’t he saying or doing something to clean up the gospel music industry’s irreconcilable sexual misfeasance? Is Kirk Franklin afraid of something (or someone) who knows more than he is willing to say?
Saying a little more: Franklin on gays in the church (AP interview, March 2006)
AP: What do you see as the future of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community in the black church? Do you think one day they’ll all be expelled, or converted, will it be a constant divisive force?
Franklin: “I think that you have to be, as scripture would say, ‘as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove.’ To lovingly share the truth, to lovingly and to passionately speak the truth in love into the lives of all people and to allow that message that you speak, to trust that it has enough power to do the changing.”