Kirk Franklin Weighs In On Issues of “Homophobia” In Black Churches

With the acceptance of same-sex marriage finding more support especially in the court of law after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the LGBT community this year, there is one place that still seems to not be so open to the idea.

It’s no secret that black churches often look down upon the union of marrying somebody who is under the same gender due to the Bible, but gospel artist Kirk Franklin wants to be the first to publicly apologize for all the hurt the LGBT community has had to endure.

“I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we’ve used and we’ve embarrassed…and all this other horrible crap that we’ve done,” Franklin tells the Grio. “We have not treated them like people. We’re talking about human beings, men and women that God has created. The Bible is not a book that’s an attack on gay people. It’s not a book written to attack gay people.”

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Franklin even spoke on how he doesn’t want the LGBT community to feel as if they are being kept away from the love of God, stating, “More than anything, I’m trying to peel back those layers that keep people away from God and keep people away from experiencing the love of God and knowing God’s love as a father,” he says.

“It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual. That’s not what the Bible is,” he continues. “I mean you want to talk about things that God gets at… pride and jealousy and envy and arrogance. But what we also see is God sending his son to save us all, because we were all…straight, gay or whatever, lost and in need of a savior, and there’s room at the cross for all of us.”