Lord Have Mercy, Kirk Franklin Proves Christians Can Reach The Mainstream With The Gospel, But Didn't Jesus Do It First?
Reader Kirk Franklin is being credited with taking the Gospel to the world. Folks are saying they grew up on Kirk's music and he had made it cool to be a Christian. In my humble opinion it took Kirk Franklin compromising and partnering with blasphemy to "prove" that Christians can reach the mainstream with The Gospel. Didn't Jesus proved that on Calvary? He went and addressed issues with the religious people stoning other people for their sins, THEN He told them to GO and sin no more. A man that continues to blaspheme and a man that continues to partner with it is supposed to be seen as "reaching the mainstream"? I'm all for reaching the lost and awesome testimonies all Glory to God but the road is narrow my friends.
The name Kirk Franklin instantly brings to mind grandiose mega gospel hits, choirs, and his characteristic praise yell. However, one of the more overlooked but equally notable legacies for the artist appears in his reach toward mainstream hip-hop. In a write up by the Fader, author Briana Younger cited Franklin’s influence in not only music but in black culture, as a reference point to show how his always crystal clear message of Jesus has impacted the mainstream.