When Kirk Franklin‘s new lyrics describe the lion and the lamb bowing down to the goat, there was some explaining to do, to say the least. The gospel singer and performing artist caused some confusion. The phrase goat has become a buzzword in sports and in popular culture of late. Standing as an acronym for the “greatest of all time” the phrase is thrown around in every day street speak. However, translating the word into Christian culture, goat stands for those outside of the kingdom, not included with the sheep in the kingdom of God. When Franklin then proceeded to say that the lion and the lamb will bow down to the goat, it was even more concerning.
Franklin however offered an explanation to his fans and the public who voiced their concerns that the Christian gospel leader had went astray. Franklin explained that he was using hyperbole to explain biblical truth.
In hip hop who is the greatest (G.O.A.T.) has always been a discussion. Metaphorically I positioned those considered great as lions and lambs and how they will someday bow down to Jesus, who is the greatest of all times. It’s hyperbole not theology.
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) October 6, 2022
The tweet though started a firestorm of conversation on the social network quickly garnering 452 replies and comments everything from people defending the musician to others calling him out for making a serious error.
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