The “hidden figures” of sinJanuary 4, 2017
Gospel icon Kim Burrell, who is featured on the soundtrack of the movie “Hidden Figures”, shook up social media this week when a video of her preaching against homosexuality surfaced on the internet. Scores of celebrities have distanced themselves from the singer and have condemned her statements.
She, an evangelical christian church pastor, told her congregation that in 2017 homosexuals were going to die. She said homosexuality is a sinful nature and “that perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women…you as a man, open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breasts, you are perverted.”
No Christian should disagree with her statement about homosexual perversion. It’s not popular in modern culture to view homosexuality in such fashion, for many who control access to the masses take upon themselves the lifestyle and will threaten anyone who challenges their choice of it. They sit on interview boards, they are news commentators, they publish our magazines and coordinate our fashion, and the lifestyle was a major protection by President Barack Obama. In America, if you’re homosexual, your lifestyle, albeit the perversion that it is, is a protected civil rights concern, and rightfully so. One’s choice of lifestyle is his or her American right if it does not interfere with the next American’s choice of lifestyle.
As it pertains to the Christian faith and beliefs, all “sins” are equal in nature. This is where Pastor Burrell got it wrong. This is where many Christian preachers get it wrong. One “sin” should not get a higher condemnation than the others. If you’re against homosexuality and fight it with all your might, you should also fight against all sexual immorality (in the dozens of forms that exist), idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, verbal abusers, and swindlers. Burrell said that homosexuals would die in 2017. Will drunkards die in 2017? Will men who cheat on their wives die in 2017? Will thieves die in 2017? It’s hypocrisy at its finest. It’s a practice that should stop in the Black church.
In many African-American churches, musicians and choir directors are constantly under the stereotypical microscope of suspected homosexuality. “There goes that gay choir director” is a popular sentiment. I have been a church musician for over 30 years and have often been asked by pastors “Are you gay?” I have never been asked “Do you sleep with women you aren’t married to?” If we believe what we believe as Christians, then we know that both “sins” are equal in the eyesight of God. So why is one ignored and the other condemned?
If we would be God’s people, preaching love and fellowship, it would behoove us to treat people with decency and respect, in spite of their flawed humanity. I have many friends and family members who are gay, who are adulterers, fornicators, and idolaters. Many of them know of my flaws but will get offended if I recognize their chosen lifestyles as flaws. They are what they are. Flaws in our humanity. Regardless of what popular culture thinks or defends, if we are believers in the same faith, we have to accept these as sins….or stop practicing the faith.
Pastor Burrell is right about the perversion of sin, but was wrong in how she preached the message. We have to be unbiased in our delivery or else we face religious scrutiny…from within the church and from the secular world. There are many more “hidden figures” of sin in our world, let’s stop beating up on homosexuality.
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