First of all let me say I don’t have any vendetta or anything like that with Kirk Franklin. I enjoyed some of his music, I appreciate his openness regarding his past sins and failures. However, the above video is symptomatic of a common way of thinking nowadays.
Anytime you voice an opinion about something, especially if it’s touching a moral issue, or a hot potato topic, the chorus of “judge not!” is quickly cried. Matthew 7:1-5 must be one of the most misconstrued verses in the Bible. Here, Jesus was talking about hypocritical judgment, i.e. berating someone for a sin when doing the very same thing or even worse.
The Bible says we can and indeed should, judge righteous judgement:
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24)
Mr Franklin says he doesn’t want to bash anyone. That’s cool, I agree. But being frank about what is indeed plain wrong, (Kanye West’s alleged/rumoured album title) is not hypocritical nor unloving. Quite the contrary. Here’s the deal. While God is good, and love, He is holy and apart from being in Christ we face His eternal wrath. Why then must we not warn others about the peril they face?
I won’t even go into his problematic example of the woman at the well (John 4). My last point though is about how he mostly gave his opinion. As Christians, we ought to try to give an answer based on the Word. That doesn’t mean we become automatons, rather, our reasoning is to be subject to the Word. We ought to ask to think, “Well, what does the Bible say about this?” in order to frame our response, as unpalatable as it may be to the hearer. We are to speak to speak the truth in love and with grace, and to see things with a biblical worldview. Is that being taught enough in our churches? I fear not.