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I just had a long FB debate/discussion concerning my last blog post. One of the things that was brought up was that I was singling out African Americans in the Eddie Long situation as the only ones who are too lenient with their leaders. It is painfully obvious that there are fallen leaders in the Body of Christ and many people will give them undying loyalty. I think that is a given. What I am attempting to communicate and what I have noticed is that as a people I believe that we let things slide too much and this is to the detriment of our community. From that perspective I could care less what Haggard, Swaggart, Bakker or whoever else have done. It is grievous spiritually but I am talking from a social perspective. African Americans as a people group are in a greater danger for allowing our leaders to abuse and manipulate us. We have the least amount of assets. We also are more prone to let our lives be guided by the church. The preacher still has a huge voice in the community and competes with the rapper for swaying the people towards this trend or that trend. And this is where I have to confess:

I have not done justice to my own community. I have been outside of my community critiquing it privately. Well that is not going to solve anything. I am now committed to offering constructive criticism as well as getting my hands dirty in my community. Yes everyone needs help but I believe we as African Americans are the saddest case of all. Out of all the ethnicities in America we have been given the most opportunity and we squander it. I am committed to at least figuring out why and attempting to put a stop to it. We are the last in everything except criminality and buffoonery. This is unacceptable! For the past eight years I have been leading and serving in a multiethnic church and it has opened my eyes to other peoples and other cultures but it has also opened my eyes to who I am and the plight of my own people. So Am I too hard on black people? Who knows. I do know that right now I am hard on myself.

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I have been busy with a crazy spring quarter but well…I had to say something. I am sure you are aware of the Eddie Long fiasco and his $25 million out of court settlement. Guilty. Obviously. The thing is I was sitting and thinking about how leaders keep falling in the Christian community and especially in the black community and I got a flash of insight into why it makes me so angry. What really ticks me off is not the fact that he is spending $25 million of the church’s money to settle a clear matter of his lack of integrity. What really ticks me off is not how that money could have been used to fuel opportunities for black innovation and investment. What really ticks me off about this is that it is another example of African Americans being too lenient on our leaders. Reporters are saying that New Birth is collapsing because of the situation and many are leaving and not giving money. But you know what??? He will still have a following! Why? We are too nice. And it’s not just in the church. We let people like R. Kelly off the hook and say things like “judge not or you will be judged” and “we fall down but we get up”. Sometimes we need to fall down and sit down for a while and get ourselves together!

We tolerate anything! We will let our leaders abuse us, manipulate us, steal money from us, and profit from our oppression. Some people say slavery is over but mental slavery is alive and well in the black community. This has me angry and fumed and filled with questions:

Do other communities tolerate this from their leaders?

Has there been a stream of folks defecting from New Birth or is it business as usual?

What is it about black folks that we tolerate this stuff? What is the primary cause?

Chime in and let me know what you think!