Saturday, October 16, 2010
Bishop Eddy Long & the Black Church
About five years ago when I was at a low point in my life, a friend of mine handed me a CD to listen to. I heard this strong confident voice speak about prosperity and Gods plan for me. It was a sermon of Bishop Eddy Long and I played that CD to death, even playing it for my mother and girlfriend at the time. It was refreshing to believe that God had a plan when I did not have a clue. Fast forward to five years later and I hear a story about an Atlanta Bishop who is accused of having homosexual sex with four young males. I at first heard the name and denied it was the same Eddy Long which I had remembered from those CD’s. I was in disbelief until I saw the videos of his accusers and I was shaken back to reality. Maybe he did it or maybe he didn’t, but either way something happened that was inappropriate in my opinion. When the young man looked into the camera and said that Long “could not look him in his face” I believed him. Long in his statement to the congregation starts his statement with “I am not a perfect man” and what he never says is that he did not do it.
In the Black Church unlike any other Church, the status of a preacher is heightened. This is because most black people do not go to counseling for the most part, so their preacher is their councilor, confident, financial advisor and for black women stand in husband. For these young people who did not have a father he was their missing father. This is why I feel even more so in the black community, when a preacher possibly breaks his vows to the community, it is more damaging because he is more than just a Bishop he’s everything. And black people are more religious and steadfast than other races because of their checkered past oppression and lack of leadership outside of the church. Shoot, most of our leaders come from religious background like Rev Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Reverend Al Sharpton. So if Bishop did commit the hennas act then he not only has to answer to god if you believe in that but he also has to answer to the Black Community whom are lacking in leadership. http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/10/19/inam.conversation.faith.economy/index.html