Sigh. Gospel singer Kim Burrell has been trending on Facebook for two days. She was giving a sermon in a church and said something about a perverted homosexual spirit. Someone recorded it and the video circulated around social media. A lot of people became enraged and called her comments hate speech. Celebrities, including gospel singers have condemned Ms. Burrell and turned their backs on her. She has maintained her stance and is refusing to apologize.
Ms. Burrell is on the soundtrack of the new movie “Hidden Colors” and she was going to perform on the daytime talk show “Ellen” soon. Her appearance on the show has been cancelled probably due to Ellen DeGeneres being a lesbian and all. The timing of all of this is quite peculiar. I’m unsure if this is sabotage or a brilliant marketing ploy thought of by Ms. Burrell’s managers.
Here’s the long and short of it. The Bible does not condone homosexuality. It just doesn’t. No where. Like at all. The Biblical model for marriage involves one man and at least one woman. Period. Kim Burrell is a preacher and is called to preach from the Bible. Not “The Wall Street Journal” or “Teen Vogue” or “Cosmopolitan”. There’s really no way around that. So I really don’t know what all the fuss is about. Have we not all heard this before? And if you don’t believe in God, or the Bible or have any respect for church why do you care what some gospel singer thinks? Why you mad?
It’s not fair to ask someone to compromise who they are to suit you. Gays shouldn’t have to do it but neither should Christians. There is room for all of us to live our dreams in this world. Everything comes down to respect.
I really thought that once gay marriage was legalized that would put some of the disagreements to rest. I thought that marriage rights were the goal and that was what the gay community wanted. Evidently I was wrong. Homosexuality has been normalized in pop culture. There are many gay celebrities and gay characters on TV. None of this seems to have done much to make the gay community happy.
FYI I am a Christian that has always been in favor of civil unions or gay marriage. As a civil matter I see absolutely no reason to be against same sex marriage. I don’t want any group in America to feel like they are being discriminated against or being denied their pursuit to happiness. I am not a person that likes to see anyone stand on a high horse and pass judgment on others. But that is a two way street. I have always believed in live and let live. That is a two way street as well.
I have read or watched remarks on social media that blame Christianity and specifically Ms. Burrell for gay people committing suicide. I do not understand what it is like to be gay or suicidal. I am not a therapist. But if you are depressed and need help please seek it out. It seems like a real disservice to blame someone else for your depression or mental health problem. Learn to love and value yourself.
Furthermore, the remarks made about Kim Burrell are just plain mean, misogynistic and racist. There have been dozens, probably hundreds of remarks made about her weight on social media. There have been remarks saying that she looks like a man. I even read a remark saying that Black women are disgusting. This is lynch mob bullying folks. All of this negativity is not really standing for anything but hatefulness. But I thought these folks were fighting for love.
In sixteen days the U.S. will inaugurate our new president who chose Mike Pence to be our Vice President. While Mr. Pence was Governor of Indiana he opposed laws that made it illegal to discriminate against gays. He also diverted funs away from programs to combat AIDS. Pence also supports gay conversion therapy. Mr. Pence is the type of Christian that makes Christianity embarrassing but no one is giving Gov. Pence the treatment that Kim Burrell is getting.
The fact is that Kim is an easy target. She is a gospel singer that has no real power or a great deal of influence. Mike Pence is a White man that influences policy and will soon probably be running our country. Cowards don’t have the nerve to challenge him. So they make fun of the chubby Black woman instead. It’s sad and shameful and I may go buy a Kim Burrell CD soon.
It takes all kinds to make the world turn. That includes the Christians and the Gays. Both groups need to learn that no one has the moral high ground and everyone’s beliefs should be respected. Live and let live.