I’m not a huge fan of gospel music per se however I have liked a few of Franklins songs which I could not name. However I believe that as a man who has faith in the spotlight he has touched many people with his music. Much as people of faith touch their family, friends and coworkers and whoever we come across that knows we are of faith.
I believe that in light of the recent recording by his son, we can look to learn from his faith and his miss steps in dealing with his son. We all can relate to having family who you can not deal with reasonably. We all have to put our desires to lash out in anger to death with the old person when we follow Christ and when we are in the spotlight either show His grace or the reason for needing his grace. There is a time for righteous indignation and sinful anger. Satan, and his fallen followers look to test us in pushing us towards the latter. As we can see in celebrity and personal life, we are either glorifying christ or as Paul wrote in Romans 2:24 to the Jews who carried Yahweh’s name ESV For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
And so we too carry the title of our savior, as christians we show whether christ is worthy of following or bring shame. This all said, judgement toward a brother who does stumble should be not imputed by us as we all stumble and we should not condemn but teach ourselves and our brothers when we see them not showing christs perfection. Raise up our brothers and sisters. Not excuse nor condemn but love.
What do we learn from such things? We learn that we must let go, sometimes we can not strive with or teach others. We can no more save someone we love by holding onto them. The best we can do is speak our peace and walk away. You can not watch someone go down a path you cannot go and continue to love them and as Paul wrote to the corinthians to not associate themselves with those who are not doing right, either you end up partaking with or hating those who need to be right before God. In second corinthians the brother came back and there was to be no shame. However we must accept that we can not save those we love no matter how hard it breaks our hearts or burdens our spirit. Only our Father in heaven knows, and we must always remember every sinner or saint is a brother, sister mother, father, son or daughter. It is our own destructive ways that Jesus came to save us from and we start with ourselves, then if any follows it is by their choice. If we try to subvert this free will then we succumb to hate and hate leads to death but love bares all things, even the pain of letting go.