7 times they shall fall: the Juanita Bynum Case
Today, I present to you a very popular case of 'domestic abuse' that recently occurred in Atlanta earlier on this week.
This is the story of how Juanita Bynum, the well-renowned teleevangelist, was "choked, beaten, and stomped" (police statement) by her also well-renowned husband, and acknowledged BISHOP, Thomas Weeks III. I only just heard about it a few days ago, and I was very bewildered by the whole incident. But one thing I want to quickly point out here on my blog is that over the next few weeks, people are going to use this opportunity to speak against God & Christianity. I agree that this will seem like a perfect opportunity to debunk who God really is. It's only fair that a bishop should know he (of all people) should not beat his wife, esp after he must have PREACHED against it on several accounts.
One thing we all need to know though is that the devil is not joking...he doesn't have that much time left on his hands, so he is working real hard to cause havoc in the body of Christ. So while people are preaching, he is trying to destroy those words. In fact, he will make them go in the opposite direction from what they are talking about. If you were the devil and you were smart, you'd do the same thing. You've gotta try and win your battle, right? Well, now this whole thing forms a perfect picture of "the SUICIDE of the body of Christ." Think about that as a perfect tabloid. Then reading in-between the lines, you suddenly find out that someone actually murdered this person, but then rearranged the room setting to look like a suicide mission. Maybe I've been watching too much of PRISON BREAK....:)
Just trying to say that this is not a time to point fingers, but this is a time to pray harder and watch for yourselves. Jesus said in Matthew 24 that we should "watch and pray, for you know not what hour the thief will come into your house." He was referring to the end times, we need to watch ourselves, our friends, and our families. We need to watch the little things in our characters that are disastrous. We need to watch out for catankerous things that we sometimes do to other people. We need to watch out for jealousy and strife. If you don't watch and pray while you still can, it may slowly creep in on you that there is really something occurring in the atmosphere, and the last day is fast approaching. Don't use this time to point fingers and criticize Bishop Thomas, but pray for him, and take a long look at yourself. Are you doing some wrong things in your life? Are there some not-so-good things you need to change in your life? Do you have God's love on the inside of you to love someone who hates you?
I read a blog just before I wrote mine, and some of the comments I saw were amazing:
Comment 1: "Thats why I do not go to church anymore," I pray this person comes to the important realization that he/she is not going to church to meet with imperfect men but a perfect God, who has no flaws. And I hope strongly that there is also the knowledge that 'in the presence of God there is liberty,' and 'in the presence of God there is fullness of JOY."
Comment 2: "Priests and ministers are the worst people, but they pretend on the outside." Sometimes it is true that they are the most pretentious of all people, but not all of them like that. Even when Jesus was here on earth, He already warned us by saying, "many will come in sheep's clothing but inside they are ravenous wolves." In the end-times, we will find a lot of false ministers. Big deal!!! The devil has targeted them to bring destruction to God's house. Don't be deceived, not all ministers will be good inside their hearts. On the last day, many will say to God, "Lord, Lord, didn't I do signs and wonders in Your name? Cast out demons in Your name?" And God will simply reply, "I know you not!" Because our God does not look at the outward appearances (e.g. a minister with a white robe), but He looks at what's on the inside.
Comment 3: "I can't believe a whole BISHOP will do that," surprise, surprise...a bishop is still a human being with flaws. If Thomas Weeks is a true child of God, then when He runs back into God's arms, God will still receive him (despite all the bad things being said about him right now), because God is LOVE. And the bible also says that, "seven times a righteous man may fall, but seven times he will get back UP again..." If he is repentant (just like many of us who have done HIDEOUS things in the past, pointing a finger at myself), God will receive him again, because that's just how our Father is. Forgiving.
Let's just pray for them...pray that there will be reconciliation. But most of all, pray that God's will be done in their lives, because that's the most important thing. Pray for the body of Christ to remain steadfast.
Pray for yourselves to be the LIGHT of the world, people that others can look up to and say, "yes I wanna be like that person...I want her God to be my God." Light your own lamp.