The fever over the Obama-McClurkin gospel show is reaching epidemic proportions. There has been no shortage of intense criticism on both sides of the issue. While I have been talking about the issue behind the scenes with various friends, I had decided to stay out of the fray because at the time I felt it was political in nature. It still is to some degree, but I want to comment on it from perhaps a different perspective. Who’s concerned about God’s Word?
I was not going to comment until I read two peices of infomation.
One was the interview of an alleged male ex-lover of McClurkin who has now come forward albeit anonymously. The interview was graphic in places and fairly nasty so I won’t provide a link to it. The man alleges he and McClurkin were in a sexual relationship from May 2001 to 2004. That is significant because of McClurkin’s oft stated testimony. Of course, I understand that no one is perfectly free from any sinful inclination of one’s past, homosexuality included. The Bible promises nor teaches no such spiritual utopia on earth. But in this highly charged arena of political ambition, such things can become the fodder of gross misinformation and consequently even greater confusion about the already confusing issue. And if true, three years of sexual misconduct cannot be excused as simple moral failure.
And what of the many black churches where McClurkin has been the honored guest? Gifting, talent and even “anointing” aside, there is no substitute for character, integrity and right living, despite one’s past proclivities.
The other peice of information was a press release I got in email this morning in which black evangelicals denounced Obama for inviting a homosexual cleric (which by the way is this person’s pastor) to be a part of the gospel road show. In it, Bishop Harry Jackson remarked that Obama was “prostituting the gospel by defending the homosexual lifestyle.”
I think that word prostitution is appropriate to use here. Bishop Jackson is warm in his comments, but it would be more accurate to say all of those involved were prostituting the gospel. Not just because of a defense of homosexuality. My initial thoughts when the announcement about the show first broke, sans the gay controversy was that this was a prostitution of the gospel and gospel music for political gain. That is an abomination. It was a bad, bad idea from the inception. McClurkin, Mary, Mary, Hezekiak Walker and the Mighty Clouds should have NEVER agreed to such a thing. But when you practice political religion, the gospel is nothing but a prop to used to entice unsuspecting sheeple to your self serving show.
Then there’s this emerging allegation about McClurkin’s life beyond the spotlight. Is it true? Is the accuser a plant by gay activists who, without restraint, hate McClurkin? Those who have jumped to McClurkin’s defense because they don’t like Obama would do well to restrain themselves, lest they be completely embarrased about this situation.
My only regret is that the Word of God is blasphemed and prostituted in men’s lust for power, control and prestige. If I were advising Obama, I would tell him to cancel the whole thing as quickly as he possibly can.
There is a much weightier price to be paid when the Word of God is blasphemed. Its much more devastating than not getting black folks votes or not winning the Democratic nomination for president.