Kirk Franklin on the Fight of His Life
Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin talks to Beliefnet about staying true to his music and to God.
That's a daily process—a daily struggle. And just being a Christian living in a world that more and more is just pulling away from everything that I believe in my core makes the battle even worse.
Is there a specific scripture that you turn to when you're facing trials and tribulations?
Romans 8:28. "That all things work together, for the good…" There are times I'm good at believing it. There are times I don't do as good. There are times that my faith is not as strong as it needs to be or that I want it to be. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering that that scripture's true.
What advice do you have for someone going through their own battle?
The first thing to do is to remember the victories that you have had. Sometimes it's so easy in the midst of the battle to forget that this time in the ring was not your first time, and that you came out before. It's so easy to be tricked and think that, "Man, what is this? What is God doing? I've never been here," and begin to doubt and forget that you've been there before.
[It's important] to always keep a stone of remembrance in your pocket to remind yourself that you've been here before, and God got you through it before. Then, from there, everything else is a choice. You have to choose to get in the ring. You've got to choose to put on the gloves. You have to choose to put on the breastplate of righteousness. You have to choose to put on the full armor. You have to choose to do it. And you can't wait to feel to do it.
Listening to the album, one song in particular really struck me— "I Am God," featuring Christian rocker TobyMac, one of your first rock songs on an album. Tell me about your relationship with him.
It was very just organic, very—natural. It wasn't, "Man, let's try to put Kirk and Toby together to try to win black and white people." It's like, that's just my dude. That's my guy.
And so, from there, our swaggers, our personalities just really clicked, and we just became boys. From time to time, we want to do a record together.
But how do you feel about gospel artists opening up and embracing the Christian Contemporary Music world?
I think that it's still very unfortunate that you do see separate Christian music, where in pop and hip-hop, it's nothing to see 50 Cent on pop radio, and it's nothing to see Eminem on black radio. Or Robin Thicke. His color did not stop black radio from playing him. I think that it's unfortunate that in Christian music we still have that.