It’s been a tough few days for Bishop Eddie Long.
Last Friday, Long’s wife filed for divorce:
“It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly,” she said in the statement. “I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter.” SOURCE
That was Friday morning. Friday afternoon, she had a change of heart and issued another statement:
“Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long. I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage.” SOURCE
But… evidently that was not true. As of this morning’s news reports, the divorce is back on.
In fact, Bishop Long says he is now taking some time off from church:
“I’m going to take a little time off to work with my family… I do want you to know that this is, for me and my family, especially with me, one of the most difficult times and things I’ve had to face, and only because my strength, other than God, is in Miss Vanessa. And I want you to rest assured that I love her and she loves me. … In all the things that I’ve ever had to deal with and being pastor, my rock has been to be able to come home to a virtuous woman who always had peace in my house… We’re going (to) work it out,” he said.” SOURCE
Pretty sad. I’m praying for Bishop Long and his wife.
Things like this are horrible when they are played out in private. Horrendous when they are played out in public.
Obviously, the public statements portray a relationship that is in dire straights. And a very confused couple.
My understanding is that Long’s church has already shrunk considerably since the sexual allegations against him in the past months. This will not help.
How do you respond when you hear things like this? Should you care? Should you respond?