After Kirk Franklin made waves last week for saying the Black church was not doing right by the LGBT community, fellow gospel artist Erica Campbell (of Mary Mary) had to get in on the conversation.
Speaking to TeamCurtains.com, the singer took the long way around to homophobia by saying that while she doesn't believe it's her place to judge anyone, the Bible says that being LGBT is a sin. "I believe sin is sin and it exists and God forgives it just like everything else." Wow, must be tough for someone to live their authentic life and be told their very nature is a "sin." But she also has a strategy for how to deal with the sinners: open the church doors to them and "let God do the saving."
“Keep sharing, keep loving, keep opening the doors of our churches, keep embracing and let God do the changing,” Campbell explained. “I think a lot of times we try to be God. We try to make the change. Everybody has an issue. Sometimes people's [issue] is a little more flamboyant than others. Maybe yours is lying and we can’t see your issue. We all have something to work on. My job is to love, not to judge.”
In a 2006 interview with Mary Mary, the singing sisters told Vibe.com of LGBT folks, "They have issues and need someone to encourage them like everybody else — just like the murderer, just like the one full of pride, just like the prostitute — everybody needs God."
They continued, "Hopefully our music is impacting them in a way that if they see there's some things in their life that's not quite right and doesn’t align themselves with what the Bible says — hopefully our music impacts them in a way that makes them want to change it."
Hmm. Sounds like what she means to say is hate the sin, love the sinner, which is not affirming for many LGBT folks in the church.
Watch what Black LGBT folks are dealing with as members of the church in the BET.com original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church below:
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