This morning many of us were expecting to hear Bishop Eddie Long speak about the current allegations that have been filed against him.
Much to our surprise (I know mine at least) he was a No Show. Did his unexpected absence from The Tom Joyner Morning Show and CNN cancellation sway your opinion of his guilt or innocence?
For me, it momentarily made me raise an eyebrow. Like, really, you just don’t show? What about a third, fourth or even tenth charge would make you not show if the allegations aren’t true? Lawyer or no lawyer recommendation.
However, if you listened to the show you know Tom Joyner talked as if Bishop Long was sitting right there waiting to talk to us. They gave no indication before the break that he would not be there. HOWEVER, the truth of the matter, according to CNN, is that Long’s lawyer had let them know the night before that he would not be there.
Why didn’t they let us know? Is it because drama will boost ratings? Was it a media ploy to sway your opinion? Not implying that TJMS wants us to believe that he has anything to hide. But think about it, when you were on your way to work, or sitting at your computer listening in anticipation only to find out he cancelled, what was the firstthing to cross your mind? Did it go from, “Oh yeah now he will set the record straight” to “Aww man Bishop say it ain’t so”?
If you found yourself changing your opinion based on the fact he abrupty changed his mind. How do you feel knowing he had given them advance notice?
I am torn. While I feel he should speak out. I must say that I also feel that he should address his congregation first. To them he owes something. Under his leadership they have given their time, money, supported his efforts and educated thier children in his school. So on one hand, why wouldn’t he address them prior to speaking to a bunch of curious folk. After all isn’t our general thought process when dealing with those with whom we are close, “Don’t let me find out in the streets. You tell me first.” Why then should this be any different? Perhaps he should have had a church meeting by now. But he also has a family who is being affected who might have taken priority to Joe Blow and our nosiness.
I believe we should continue to pray for ALL involved and don’t be to quick to assign judgement based on how the media presents a story. God’s will be done.
How did you feel? What do you think?
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Mk. 4.24
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
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Pray for Bishop Long and his family. Those are the people most affected and require prayer. The plaintiffs need prayer because at 17 or 18, no one can coerce you into acts that you are not already familiar and comfortable with performing. The fact that all three of these individuals were present at the time of the burglary of the church is suspicious. When you are the only preacher that speaks out on the sin of homosexuality, you are susceptible to enemies in this country. May God bless them all and the Lord let the truth prevail and all appropriate parties redeemed and/or punished where applicable.
I cannot judge. The most I can do is have my opinion and I have only heard one side. However, I hope that all of us who are Christians will pray for the thousands of lives affected by this allegation.
I am praying for Bishop Long, his family, the church, and the thousands who watch him by television, internet, or listen by radio. I especially lift up the babies in Christ who feel discouraged.
I encourage all who are hurt, confused, angry to look the hills which cometh your help, your help comes from the Lord.
May God bless and keep all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, whatever the outcome.
Agreed. While preachers, pastors, teachers are to help us with our relationships with God they are not God. Perhaps another good that will come out of this mess is that as Christians we will learn to Lean on the Lord for everything and to strengthen our walks with Him so that we are not easily deceived, swayed, or separated. We all have a choice either to take all of this and say I knew church was a fraud and run away or say the church body needs me now more than ever and stand. Not in support of one man but for Christ!