(DISCLAIMER: B&F, nor the author, does not necessarily agree with the statements in bubbles of this clip)
Many of you may have read an earlier post of mine called Abuse in the Church…What Do You Think, which was published during the emergence of the Bishop Eddie Long allegations. Many were quite taken aback by his first church appearance after the allegations: many thought it was manipulative, proud and arrogant. He vehemently declared that he would fight such untrue statements, implying that he was not going to let anyone slander his name and would contest claims of pedophilia in court. (See Eddie Long’s Church Sermon Post Allegations) The crowd screamed, hollered and cheered…and I for one thought that this was going to be one noisy affair.
To the contrary.
Recently, Eddie Long settled with the victims for a reported $15Million to have this situation not reach the courts. And while there is a side of me that questions why one would not want to seek justice after others claimed you molested them, the attorney side of me also understands the desire one has to just have peace in one’s home and life (which of course, still leaves the question of his innocence). Yet, still, this post is not about Eddie. It’s about Creflo.
Creflo Dollar, a preacher who has been criticized with his emphasis on prosperity doctrine, recently came out with the clip above. He basically chastises members of Eddie Long’s church who left upon hearing of the scandal. Mr. Dollar’s basic premise is that they are incorrectly judging a man and even more wrong to leave him hanging. When I saw it earlier yesterday, I rolled my eyes and kept it moving…trying my best not to send Mr. Dollar my own personal later. When bold&fab sis, iNDIGO sent me the clip late last night, and I viewed it for the second time, I got a little hot! Now, I did not feel the same as one blogger I read yesterday (See “Jesus Pimps Stick Together Like…Pimps” by brainCOCOA), but there were some biblical principles that resonated in my head:
What about the accountability of those who hold themselves as teachers and preachers?
What about that small still voice that tells an individual “it is time to go!” ?
What about humility?
And daggonit, what about free-will, which our Creator so freely gave us?
I am interested in your thoughts. I am one who always believes that if the world can talk about the church, then the church ought to talk about the church!
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