Conversations about accountability in church leadership and the impact of down low culture in the church are long overdue.

The Black Church’s pink elephant exploded on a massive scale when the alleged sexual misdeeds of prominent African American pastor Eddie Long and his refusal to address the allegations rose to the forefront of current events.  The public’s outcry was minimal as was outrage in Christiandom at large.

That’s sad because the Long ordeal could have been the perfect segue way to  discussions on several issues concerning the church, including the possible correlation between down low culture in the church and the AIDS crisis predominantly affecting African Americans, clergy abuse, brainwashed Believers and so many other ways the church is suffering; but to date, other than the open rebuke from Bishop Paul S. Morton, few church leaders have attempted to at minimum, address accountability in this Long dilemma or publicly denounce his nonchalance.

However, I have contemplated why other Black church leaders have not been more vocal about an issue of this magnitude?

My theory: Giving scandal the silent treatment, allowing immorality and debauchery to permeate its pulpits, being socially abstinent towards AIDS education, preference for behind-closed-doors operations, homophobia, outright fear of the outcome and “praying the gay away” have become the status quo for many Black churches.  (And yes, I have duly noted that this matter may have to pick a number and wait in the line of issues “God’s House” already handles.)

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