I know what it’s like to have someone you look up to, disappoint you. I also know what it’s like to have the pressure of living a perfect life. I’ve experience not wanting to practice what I preached, and having to swallow my pride in the face of blatant disrespect. Times that by a thousand, and you get what Kirk Franklin explains as “Losing his temper.” If you live long enough, one thing is for sure, you will at some point disappoint people, and even disappoint yourself.
Just days ago, the world heard a different Kirk than they’re used to, as he intentionally dropped F-bombs at his son, in a heated argument that was supposed to be kept private. Profanity spewed both ways which seemed normal to them, but shocking to us. In an interview that soon followed, Kirk confessed to years of having a toxic relationship with his first son. Never mind the why, the saints could not wrap their minds around the language spoken by their favorite gospel artist. And while those who straddle the fence are willing to grant him grace, others were ready to cast the first stone.
There is a great level of responsibility to uphold while in the public eye, especially when Jesus is your homeboy. But not everyone ends up with clean slate. The debate here is whether or not we hold him accountable, or continue our supports, as if it never happened. I’d suppose both?
Scripture says it best: “Brethren, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently help that person back onto the right path; and be cautious, lest you fall into the same temptation yourself.” – Galatians 6:1
We can hold Kirk accountable, but we can forgive him also. He has since apologized to the public, and we can only hope our heroes are the same people privately, who they present publicly. Whatever is transpiring in his personal and family life, we pray they can make it right.