Pastor Donnie McClurkin is a perennial on the gospel music scene as well as a judge on BET Sunday Best so it’s no surprise that he’ll be a big part of this year’s BET Celebration of Gospel airing Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. Hosted for the first time this year by actress Taraji P. Henson, replacing longtime host Steve Harvey, Celebration of Gospel boasts a wealth of talented musical performers.
Tamela Mann, SWV, Yolanda Adams, Tasha Cobbs, India Arie, Erica Campbell and more will all be lending their praise to the show. Tye Tribbett and McClurkin will perform what’s being described as a “rousing praise break.”
We caught up with McClurkin who said this year’s show was a night he won’t soon forget. He also told us his feelings on reality show preachers and more. Here’s what he had to say.
Blackamericaweb.com: You allowed cameras to follow you for an episode of Centric’s “Being.” But do you think it’s helpful or hurtful for people to see these various pastors and their lifestyles some of whom are dealing with various personal struggles?
Donnie McClurkin: I’ve got many different thoughts on that. One of the main ones is Mary Mary. It’s really positive because they never accentuate any of the real voyeuristic sides. They deal with real life, how they function as a family and how they function as individuals. They deal with the hurt of what the family went through with the loss of the father and they keep it positive. As far as the Preachers of L.A. – it’s not always beneficial for us to show th underbelly of our lives when so many people want us to lead them into spiritual wholeness and bring them into a positive place with God.
It’s not always good to be seen in such a negative light. The Bible says: All things are lawful, but everything’s not expedient. There’s no law against it but we want to make sure we paint Christ and our Christian lifestyle in a positive sense and not show a bunch of broken preachers who are trying to just live a normal life. Our attempt at normalcy was kind of forfeited when we said Yes to becoming a spiritual leader. We’re not supposed to show them things that are going on in our personal struggles that are dark, that our uncharacteristic of Christ or Christianity.
That’s the unfortunate part of Preachers of L.A…. I don’t want a doctor with dirty hands operating on me. Just like I don’t want a preacher with a broken and dirty life preaching to me.
Celebration of Gospel is certainly a positive show. Taraji P. Henson hosted for the first time this year. What can we expect?