By Miguel Lloyd
In the last couple of weeks Bishop Eddie Long has resurfaced to the front page of the media and not for the right reasons. He has settled his case with the 4 young men who accused him of whatever they were accusing him of. The case was settled out of court, and more than likely the evidence was sealed so we probably will never know what happened. Here is what we now know. Regardless of what happened, the reality is that this is yet another reason that the Christian church will receive indictments that it does not deserve.
In addition to hosting a talk show (Life Full Circle Radio every Wednesday at 7pm EST at www.blogtalkradio.com/lifefullcircle), I listen to a ton of talk radio. It is amazing how quick stories like this will dominate the airwaves as soon as the story hits. Its what people want to talk about. As a society we love to showcase the failures of others, instead of celebrating their successes.
I am not a member of Bishop Long’s church nor have I ever attended a service, so I can’t speak directly to the style and relevance of his messages. However, a reasonably discerning person would surmise that his congregation has been getting something out of his messages if 25,000 people have become members of his church and probably at minimum half of that on a weekly basis are attending in person. Let me be clear, do not misconstrue my opinion as a support of what Bishop Long supposedly did. If it is proven that he did sexually assault those young boys, he should be tried, by a court of law and incarcerated. However, whatever he did or did not do, is not an indictment of the body of Christ.
In our society, we are quick to scream bloody murder if anyone “infringes” on our personal liberties. Their are two institutions that we as a society believe infringes on those liberties daily. The government and the church. Governments infringement is for another blog. The perception that the church infringes on our personal liberties, is the reason that people are outright rejecting that aspect of their lives and perceiving that the “church ain’t doing nothing,” in the community. We are truly a weaker society because of this general lack of a moral compass.
The fact that people are quick to indict the church is part of the reason that ministries are so guarded about stepping outside of their four walls to serve the community. It is one of the biggest reasons that, in spite of the fact that these pastors, are some of the best life coaches we have in our society they are reluctant to speak to audiences that are outside of the church. Our skepticism as a society has resulted in some of the most grounded, loving leaders in our society to operate in fear as they attempt to lead the very people that are criticizing them for not leading.
Now today, part of the “scuttle butt” is surrounding Dr. Creflo Dollar coming out and declaring his friendship to Bishop Long and proclaiming that, according to the Word of God, that Bishop Long can be forgiven. Newsflash, according to the Word of God, that is true.
The bottom line is this. Bishop Long and his alleged transgressions do not represent all of the body of Christ and more specifically, do not represent all “megachurch” ministries. Most of these ministries are doing great work daily in their communities. I truly wish people spent more time in these churches or at minimum watching their messages on TV, before they criticize based on YouTube pundits, bloggers and other jealous preachers. You might learn something along the way.
We will discuss this in more detail on this weeks episode of Life Full Circle Radio. Of course we will have Elton Gumbel will have our sports. Join me, Miguel Lloyd and the Super Producer, Nikkia Ganey, this Wednesday for this thought provoking discussion.
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