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See, another one of those megachurch pastor/pimps has swindled the minds, souls and money of the weak Christians. That is what the media will lead some to believe when reading all the juicy details from the lawsuit brought against Bishop Eddie Long of 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Church outside of Atlanta. The media is having a field day as Long faces public humiliation. It is surely an outrageous situation! Certainly the world is looking at the church and judging us all for his actions. Anyone who tells you that you are weak because you choose to pray for this man instead of gossip about him is sorely mistaken. We don’t know and may never know the truth, but before you throw your opinion about Long into the public arena, here are some things to consider:

1. Don’t Judge

We don’t know what happened and we cannot assume just because the man is well known that he is shady. It’s not up to us to make that distinction. When someone has fallen short of their moral and spiritual platforms, Christians are supposed to come together to pray for that person not condemn them. Galatians 6:1 says, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” In this case, since all the facts of these allegations are not known until we knows the truth and after we know the truth, we should pray for those who are struggling right now. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

2. Reflect On Your Own Secret Sin

Exposure is often a consequence of secret sin. Many times people ignore the signs and the voice of God that tells them to stop what they are doing, and think that worldly things like money, fame, prestige and status can prevent them from being outted for whatever sin they have. Lucky for us normal folks, when we are exposed it is not to the entire world. But having your family, closest friends and community find out what you do behind closed doors is just as devastating and embarrassing. This situation with Eddie Long should force us to look at our lives and our own secrets. What we think nobody knows, God surely knows. No matter how careful and clean you may be, everything comes to the light! “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” (Luke 12:3) READ MORE