And they say that there’s no more authentic black leadership…..
Anyone who was in doubt about the quality of black leadership today need only see the crowning of Bishop Eddie Long as King. In a ceremony fit for a pimp, Bishop Eddie Long was given a scroll, a WWE wrestling belt and a bunch of other artificial trinkets that led him to being crowned by some guy who obviously doesn’t care that this so-called “man of God” might be a child molester.
To make the scene even more dramatic, Long was then lifted up and carried around the room like royalty, with the cheer of the congregation in the background. Looking as proud and happy as the Homecoming Queen, Long accepted his new-found anointing as gracefully as one could imagine.
Like most of black America, I sat watching the video with my chin hanging down to my kneecaps, wondering what kind of psychotic kool-aid was being given to the people cheering for Long in the audience. The New Birth Missionary Baptist Cult, I mean church, has officially proven to the world that they are not only willing to look past their leader’s “little indiscretions,” they are actually willing to elevate and praise him for it. Jesus would be just so proud.
I have no idea what the nature of this ceremony was, and all of the pastors that I’ve asked have no clue what the Rabbi was doing. So, in a contrived and ridiculous display of gluttonous self-righteousness, Long has embarrassed his church even more than any of us thought would be possible.
I feel terribly sorry for Bishop Eddie Long. His strong stances against homosexuality obviously showed that there is a part of himself that he absolutely detests. I feel sorry for his wife, who likely knew about her husband’s deviant ways long before they’d been revealed to the public. I feel sorry for his congregation, who has yet to learn that a man who sleeps with vulnerable children might not be the best person to guide you into the afterlife.
But mostly, I feel sorry for those poor boys who trusted Bishop Long with their lives and their innocence. It hurts my heart that they looked at him like a father, only to find that he was just a dirty old man seeking to use his penis at every available opportunity. I hate the fact that the adults around them were so busy worshipping their charismatic leader that they forgot to care about their young. So, if it appears that I have a personal vendetta against Eddie Long, the answer is “yes.” When children give you their trust and you use it to your selfish advantage, you are serving as the human lifeblood of Satan himself.