By Victor Ochieng
Kim Burrell is a woman under siege, and, without a doubt, someone needs to come to her rescue. Things seem to be falling apart, and she’s facing tirades left, right and center. For those who know, the singer lost a spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that was scheduled for last week. As if that wasn’t enough, Texas Southern University’s KTSU-FM 90.9 also showed her the door.
Why are all these things happening to her? This is all because of a sermon, in which she rebuked homos*xuality. In that infamous sermon, she appeared to blame U.S. President Barack Obama for the widespread homos*xuality in America.
A video of the sermon surfaced online, going viral in a very short time. The online community didn’t take Burrell’s message lightly. Many who commented on it told her off, saying she has no right to judge anyone. In fact, comments that trickled in against her included some from celebrities, including Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer and Chaka Kahn. While the reaction was understandable, many are asking why the church, including church leaders and pastors, as well as gospel artists, haven’t come forward to defend the pastor. This is in spite of the fact that many of these churches believe, based on scriptural teachings, that homos*xuality is a sin.
Why has this community gone mute on her? Why aren’t they coming forward to defend what they believe in? Do you think if Burrell was a member of the Contemporary Christian Music community Franklin Graham would be quiet like he is now? Wouldn’t he be up in arms defending Burrell and asserting how everyone has a right to voice their opinions?
The one person who came out to strongly support Burrell was Shirley Caesar. She too faced serious online wrath, with total disregard to the recent fame she earned from her “You Name It” rhymes. When she had an opportunity to speak about the issue, she defended Burrell, going as far as saying the pastor should’ve made that statement sooner.
“[Kim Burrell] should’ve said something four years ago when our president made that stuff alright,” she said in a widely retweeted video. Caesar defended Burrell during a sermon at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland.
At least to show solidarity with Burrell, Tasha Cobbs dropped a flyer on her Instagram page. It read: “We’re praying for Pastor Kim, and for all those who were offended by her words. We pray against the spirit of offense, and we plead the Blood over her life and ministry. We stand with her, and we pray that forgiveness and The Fruit of The Spirit will prevail, in Jesus’ Name.”
Based on all that’s happening, it’s clear that the church fears talking about homos*xuality simply because it’s a HOT topic.