4 Lessons From The Donnie McClurkin / Empire Fiasco


A couple of weeks ago social media blew up about Lee Daniel’s series Empire and it’s aim at Pastor and Gospel Music artist Donnie McClurkin. In it’s season premiere episode that aired on Fox, the script speculated that McClurkin would be present at a potential fake LGBT awards ceremony if it ever happened.

Appalled by the commentary, McClurkin’s fans took to social media and voiced their outrage. Here are are a few voices on twitter that were fueled up in objection and disgust:

After hearing about all the noise and commotion Pastor McClurkin released a statement on the issue:

“It was brought to my attention via social media that my name was included in a ‘back-handed’  manner during a scene in the FOX show, Empire. What might have been meant for evil, God uses for good! Despite the scripting used by @leedanielsent it has helped bring attention to the gospel of Jesus Christ that I sing and preach, an empowering moment! To my brothers and sisters, thank you for your support, encouragement & love! No negativity towards @leedanielsent let’s show the love of Jesus. Let this experience be a reminder that as loving Christians we’re called to share the good news of Christ and be examples of God’s love on the earth.”

The comments mentioned in the shows script were most probably aimed at Pastor McClurkin because of his testimony of being delivered from homosexuality. Wherever the weak and ill-timed jokes came from, Pastor McClurkin still handled it with good Christian love and light. He’s teaching believers a lesson through his demeanor and his character. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned from Donnie’s situation, and recently some of my own as well.

Push Through.

Hell and trials can come at us in all different forms, they know no boundaries just as some individuals in this world who aren’t so enlightened know none either. It’s up to us to keep shining light. Light overpowers shade. Stay so focused on the mission and goal of spreading the gospel that what haters say or do doesn’t matter. Our reward comes from God, not people or issues so keep this in mind. “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” -Acts 20:24


We’ve already been warned in John 15:20 … “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well;…” the church being attacked is not new, it comes with the territory of being a believer. The more we keep running the race the more breakthroughs we will have. All manner of evil is in this world, but we were built to endure and to triumph. “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” -Matthew 24: 12-13

Speak Up.

The good news is, we don’t have to wait for anyone to cast shade or light on us, we can raise our voices individually, and make an impact by doing it. Pastor McClurkin has done that from the beginning. He should be applauded, instead of being ostracized. He carries a message that has made an impact. He has openly shared his testimony with others so maybe someone in a similar situation to his can look at it and have hope. Lord knows the world can use more of that. The @ mentions and noise going on about the issue are only working in his favor. If he had not already made an impact there would be no issue. The world is watching, more so now with social media. If the power of God’s word and the gospel of Jesus Christ saved your life, say so… it can help save another one.

Gear Up.

Another truth is that If we can’t handle the shade or insults people will throw at us, then we’re really not ready for success. It takes our feet stable in God’s truth, not the world’s thoughts to stand firm in who we are called to be. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” -Ephesians 6:11 Remember what our friend himself sings: “After you’ve done all you can, just stand”.

Pastor McClurkin is more than just standing right now, He’s thriving! The award winning gospel artist is doing it. He recently kicked off his “Festival Of Praise” tour headlined with Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Hezekiah Walker, and other top recording artists. check under the hashtag #FestivalOfPraise2015 for tour dates and ticket info.

So what is your take on the Donnie McClurkin controversy and what lessons have you learned from your own? Let us know in the comments by visiting the Look Up Radio Facebook  page or on twitter @lookupradio. Don’t forget to upload the Look Up Radio app for the best of  Christian Contemporary and Gospel music all on one station.

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