Eddie Long is a pastor at a mega-church in Georgia who was recently accused of indecent sexual behavior with young men in the congregation. He settled out of court, took some time off and now has come back to be pastor.
According to a Washington Post blog:
Megachurch leader Eddie Long is making waves once again after a video being circulated on the Web shows him being crowned “king” in an elaborate ceremony, the Associated Press reports. Other religious leaders have called the video “repulsive” and “inappropriate.”
Long is wrapped in a Jewish Scroll of the scriptures by a preacher who is sourcing Jewish customs and traditions as well as some DNA justifications for Long’s Kingship within himself. The video (see below) is wrong on many different levels:
(1) It has nothing to do with Jesus, and everything to do with re-establishing Long’s authority in the church. I don’t know who plans and coordinates worship – but doing this bizarro world religious mash-up in front of a congregation, rather than having an intimate time of prayer and seeking God’s will as a leadership team in private, is beyond me. All I can fathom, is that this was done to glorify Long to greatness – not God.
(2) It is obviously produced more like entertainment than sacred worship (which would be about glorifying God, not Long). They have it all scripted out and people move in and out of the scene like a play. The props are bright and colorful. While worship does entail story telling, this collaboration of facts to justify Long’s leadership is a spectacle of celebrity, it is manipulative.