A gospel veteran gets social media talking as he takes ministry beyond the four walls of the church
No one expects to see Kirk Franklin hanging out with mainstream rappers Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Diddy and French Montana.
Yet, photos of the award-winning gospel composer, along with a bunch of mainstream rappers popped up on Instagram over the weekend, whipping Twitter into a frenzy.
“Is that Kirk Franklin?” several commenters asked.
Indeed, it was.
Around the same time the photographs surfaced, the 46-year-old platinum-selling “Stomp” writer tweeted, “I want to sit where the sinners are…the well sometimes make me sick.”
He was alluding to the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:12 where, in response to the Pharisees questioning why he spent time with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
Franklin, who some unconfirmed sources say is working with Kanye on his new Waves album, is known for kicking against and shaking up traditional church culture.
“Ok…the point of my heart was the subculture of Christianity, where we just sit and go back and forth can be frustrating while the lost are dying and confused by our preaching but our living is not always the same,” said Franklin, elaborating on why he prefers hanging around the lost.
His social commentary jibes with the message of his chart-topping album Losing My Religion, which condemns rules-based, merit-focused religion in favor of grace-centered compassion found in a true relationship with God.
“I’d rather be trying to win them instead of arguing with ‘us,’” continued Franklin’s mini Twitter sermon. “Sorry if I confused anyone. I’m tired of practicing, I want to get in the field and play. That’s all,” he added.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine