I was hoping to support brother DeVon Franklin in his allegedly strong defense of his wife, actress Meagan Good’s choice of clothing in a video that I have been hearing about all week. After seeing it for myself, I have to say, it was rather cringeworthy.
The video shows Franklin and his wife, Good, in a Q & A session about love and faith at One Church in Los Angeles, California moderated by pastor Touré Roberts.
They were there to promote their new book, “The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love.”
An apparently conservative Christian woman got up inside the church and awkwardly rebuked Good for wearing sexually suggestive clothing she feels does not befit a woman professing Christianity. It was God, said the woman, who had sent her to church to tell Good to cover up.
“This is not offensive, but I was at the grocery store and I looked at a newsstand and saw you, and you had your breasts showing,” said the woman who wasn’t identified in the clip. “So, I wasn’t going to come here, but the Lord brought me here to see you. You are a beautiful young woman and your testimony is awesome. The Lord let me come and push past the judgment…this is real. Because you have to make sure what you say and what you do match up, you understand? So, we gon’ cover up right?”
Pastor Franklin was furious and quickly unloaded on the woman while the crowd cheered him on.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute, no, no, no, no, no, no. Uhn,uhn, uhn, uhn, no. That ain’t. That is not what we are here for. She is not going to cover up,” he declared.
“She gonna wear what she want to wear. In the name of Jesus,” he said. “Amen? Amen? Amen? She gon’ wear what she wants to wear. In the name of Jesus. Yes she will. Yes, she will. Absolutely. God bless you. We love you. I love you dearly. But she has been as Christian as she has been, than she is right now when she worn, God has, what she wants to wear. Uhn, Uhn, we ain’t doing that. No. I love you,” he said.
He then kissed and hugged his wife as the congregation cheered.
“Shoo, y’all about to see a whole other Devon you all ain’t seen. Remember I am from Oakland now,” he added with a laugh. “If we have questions we will take questions, but if you have comments you can save those for social media or your prayer closet.”
Pastor Franklin, I hope this poor Christian woman who you attacked so arrogantly in defense of carnality does take your advice and go to her prayer closet. The hand of God will hurt far more than the tongue of a woman. And don’t worry, God already knows you’re from Oakland.