Like most people, Kirk Franklin is NOT here for Creflo Dollar’s “Project G650” campaign to get 200,000 people to donate money to help him purchase a $60 million private jet.
Pastor Dollar, an Atlanta-based televangelist and the founder of World Changers Church International, came under fire earlier this month after he requested the assistance of “200,000 believers” to each donate $300 to help him fund a Gulf Stream G650 to replace his aging private jet, which he purchased back in 1999.
While it’s certainly Pastor Creflo’s own personal business if he chooses to buy himself a lavish private jet with his own money, the fact that he was asking other people to give up their hard-earned money (and using God’s name in the process) is what had everyone giving Dollar the side-eye.
While Creflo Dollar Ministries has since canceled the crowdfunding campaign, that hasn’t stopped people from weighing in on it and rightfully criticizing Dollar for such a ridiculous idea.
Among the critics is gospel star and author Kirk Franklin, who recently penned an op-ed essay for Patheos.com titled “The High Cost of Character,” in which he questioned Dollar’s character and sprinkled a little shade on his fundraiser.
“We don’t have a shortage of greatness, we have a shortage of character,” the Grammy Award winner wrote. “When a pastor wants people to buy him a private plane while a missionary in Somalia bathes children with sores, that’s a shortage of character. When I camouflage my ‘greeds’ to look like ‘needs,’ that’s a shortage of character.”
Franklin also briefly touched on the recently surfaced video showing members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) frat singing the now infamous racist chant: “There will never be a n**ger in SAE.”
He wrote, “When young students are comfortable enough to sing racial slurs on a bus while furthering their education to someday lead a corporation that may have minorities apply for jobs, that’s a shortage of character. And it’s something you can’t teach in school.”
Read more from Kirk Franklin’s op-ed piece here.