In what is being called a sabbatical by some, Eddie Long told the New Birth congregation this morning that he will be taking a few weeks to “heal his family”. I love sabbaticals. Heck, I’m on one now. But I am taking a break from the insanity known as academia not from taking those awkward self-photos in my bathroom mirror or traveling to Africa with underage boys. I’m not fond of pictures, or boys. So, perhaps Long’s sabbatical will be a bit different.
Don’t worry though, New Birthers, Long says “I’m still your pastor. You’ll still receive my direction. You’ve given me some weeks to take care of some family business.” I am sure this is reassuring to the congregation. There is no one I would rather take spiritual direction from than that guy, pictured above. Praise the Lord, he is still available!
Long’s two children from his marriage with Vanessa were standing by his side on the pulpit. Vanessa Long was elsewhere seeking her spiritual direction as she has been for months.
Long said of course, that he is “not stepping down, he is stepping up.” Which of course means it’s opposite day at New Birth! I wonder if the sermon was from Matthew today. It might have been a grand ole Sunday to preach from oh, i dunno, say Chapter 24? Turn with me in the good book for a little peek. Matt 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many ” or Matt 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Y’all be careful.
Y’all reckon he hangs those pictures somewhere in that megachurch of his?