Article by Alesha Davis/EEW Magazine Contributor
When we hear about Forbes lists, citing the richest and highest paid among us, typically Christian artists, pastors, and leaders of the faith community are absent from such lists. Measuring Christians’ cash flow isn’t exactly a regular hot topic. But EUR Web reports that Kirk Franklin is gospel’s “richest” man with a net worth of $8.5 million.
Franklin, arguably the genre’s most recognizable name and face, has been in the music business since the 90s. His catalog of hits, tour de force performances in venues across the nation, high-profile television appearances, and work with other greats within the industry, have kept the pint-size ball of energy very active in ministry all these years later.
Though Franklin’s estimated net worth released by richest.com will become water cooler chat for many, Christians know money isn’t the focal point of our existence.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV) warns, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
There is nothing inherently wrong with the acquisition of wealth, but Believers are not to fall in love with material possessions—something the Bible says corrupts and corrodes character.
Even with all the success Kirk Franklin's career has brought to him in life, these days, his thoughts seem to be on the afterlife.
Gospel's richest recently tweeted, “Our greatest day here is just a blink compared to what we SHALL be when we see Him. Call me old fashioned.. But I still believe.”
A great accompanying scripture for Franklin's Twitter message would be Colossians 3:1 (KJV): “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”