Recently we posted a story about a woman who sued her church because they performed a same sex marriage. She didn’t agree, so she sued the church for all of the tithes she had paid over 20 something years amounting to about $250,000. She said she felt bad and dropped the charges.
Now, Bishop Eddie Long is being sued by two gentlemen (one who was arressted in July for breaking into Bishop Long’s office) who were also members of his congregation over alleged sexual coersion. So my question is: Where do you stand on this issue? I am torn. I do not believe that any one in a position of power should use that athority to manipulte others into sexual acts. Abuse of power is wrong and should be punished. However the Bible states:
1 Corinthians 6:1-6 ESV
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
With this in mind I ask,
Is this the course that these men should have taken?
Where do you fall in?
Do you feel this should be handled in a court of law or that it should have been addressed and handled within the church?
I am really interested in your comments, I take a real hard line on sexual crimes so I feel strongly when someone is violated in any way (not saying Long is guilty) however as Christians aren’t we supposed to handle these matters in a Christian way?
How do you feel this will affect the state of the Black Church and/or the Mega Church?