Kirk Franklin performs with Kanye West, Christians lose their minds, Kirk responds

It seems as if last night Kirk Franklin and Kanye West took a picture together, which angered the Super Saints Coalition Against Everything.

Here’s Kirk’s response…

Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again "no Kanye, you're not good enough"? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he'll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I'm sorry he's not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace…and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won't stop me from running. Pray we win.

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The other day, I said that I was glad that the good Lord doesn’t ┬áhave the same requirements and restrictions as some of my fellow Christians do. If He did, none of us would make it.

While I didn’t watch the Saturday Night Live performance last night, I read someone who said, “Kirk Franklin prayed for Kanye West on national TV last night.” That, in and of itself, has power.

No, Kanye doesn’t make gospel music. Yes, his music actually glorifies behavior that isn’t of God. And yes, there’s still room for redemption and prayer for him.

Religion vs. a follower of Christ. Which one are you participating in?

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