Letter To Creflo Dollar
Somewhere there’s a little boy who’s been raped by a person he’d placed his trust in. He’s internally battered, mentally bruised and probably bleeding externally. He’ll never be the same again. That is, his very innocence has been ripped out of his body and replaced with doubt, guilt, indignation and scarring that may heal on the surface, but will leak through every good, bad, and indifferent moment of his life. If the man who’d inflicted this harm on a trusting, innocent child was a pastor, and the child was yours, would you continue to attend his church with your child? Would you look past this pastor’s ‘wreck’ and forgive him and allow him further access to your son?
So why did you use your soapbox to diminish the severity of the crimes and sins that your ‘brother’ Eddie Long committed on his congregation? I just saw a video of you accosting the victims(AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE FORMER MEMBERS OF EDDIE LONG’S CHURCH ARE VICTIMS TOO) that had the courage and principle to leave a thriving church of thousands called New Birth. They didn’t leave because Eddie Long’s church was boring, stingy, or lacked vision. They left because their CEO… their CFO had raided the coffers of trust, decency, leadership, and humanity. To use his position as pastor to lure young boys into sexual relationships is deplorable. Your grotesque and misguided attempt to demonize and chastise Long’s former congregants who now have to question their own judgements in the wake of this man’s dastardly deeds is a shame.
Those people came to you looking for a second chance and you sat on your manmade throne and hurled verbal stones at them. They came to you starving for stabiltiy and hope and guidance and you whipped them. Would you tell a drowning man that he should have learned to swim instead of throwing him a life preservor? To urge people, many of who undoubtedly had children, to go back into New Birth and to trust this man to not do what his out-of-court settlement clearly points to him doing is foolish.
He, Eddie Long, came out swinging when the allegations first surfaced. He exclaimed loudly that the investigation would be transparent and that it would be plain for all to see that he was innocent of the accusations. His infamous David and Goliath references had us all pumped up. How many times have trumped-up charges been turned into primetime interviews and faux celebrity.
Then, quietly, in a lawyer’s office the case died with a whimper. The accusers barred from ever talking about the ordeal. How are we to surmise any kind of truth?
I pray you issue an immediate retraction. Forgiving anyone for a misstep is the Christ-like thing to do. None of us has a heaven or hell to put Mr. Long in. To forcefully demand that his former members go home is a miscarriage of the oaths that you have dedicated your life to.
Captains go down when they wreck… when they run a ship aground. Eddie Long is the captain of that ship. You need to tell him, as a friend and brother, the best thing he can do is to step aside and allow that church to heal in the absence of his presence. Eddie Long wrecked because he was drunk at the wheel… drunk on power and status. He now has to reap the evil that he’s sown. If you don’t retract you support of this man, then shame on you.