A message that famed gospel singer Kirk Franklin tweeted last week about evangelicals “who are considering [Donald] Trump” has been getting quite a bit of attention in Christian media circles.
“I hope all my evangelical friends who are considering Trump also remember one of fruits of the spirit is kindness…where’s the apples?” Franklin wrote.
I hope all my evangelical friends who are considering Trump also remember one of fruits of the spirit is kindness…where's the apples?
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) March 12, 2016
The Grammy-winning singer’s message sparked a variety of responses, including one from Twitter user @IsaacIl2andMVP who wrote, “Evangelical friends? My brother stop being spiritually politically correct. Say he is a racist and should not be supported.”
Franklin decided to respond, saying, “Isaac my brother let’s not reflect the same type of division HE is.”
From there, @IsaacIl2andMVP said that he disagrees that speaking the truth is divisive, with the gospel singer responding adding that he disagrees with Trump’s ideology, but was ”only speaking to a community that is endorsing him.”
@kirkfranklin evangelical friends? My brother stop being spiritually politically correct. Say he is a racist and should not be supported
— Isaac London (@IsaacIl2andMVP) March 12, 2016
Others also issued responses to Franklin’s initial tweet, with at least one fan saying he was “disappointed,” though others backed his sentiment.
Some fans started going back and forth with one another as well.
When user @bradywatkins77 tweeted that Trump “isn’t supposed to be Jesus” and is, instead, running for president, saying, “You gotta be tough sometimes in that job,” @mystockid responded, “You can be tough while not being mean, insulting, childish, ego-maniac, racist and sooooo materialistic.”
See all of the responses here.
@kirkfranklin but when you're judged it's different right? Disappointed fan
— Chadd Bryant (@chadd787) March 12, 2016
@kirkfranklin he's not supposed to be Jesus. He is supposed to be the president. You gotta be tough sometimes in that job.
— Brady Watkins (@bradywatkins77) March 12, 2016
Franklin was referencing Galatians 5:22-23 with his “fruit of the spirit” tweet. Those verses read, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
As TheBlaze has reported, there’s been no shortage of controversy over the high lever evangelical support for Trump, though Christians remain widely divided over the Republican presidential candidate.
Just consider the tough response that came after Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. — who is supporting Trump — recently compared him to biblical leader King David.
Read more about the evangelical split here.
(H/T: Charisma News)
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