Eddie Long

Thought for the Day – Bishop Eddie Long and the Media

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?

Be Blessed

Matthew 7:1-6
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.