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EDDIE LONG ACCUSERS – WHY WAIT SO LONG?

23 Dec

“B.J. Bernstein, the attorney in the case, noted during a recent news conference how difficult it was for these young men to come forward, considering the fact that they are acknowledging homosexual behavior and that they aren’t homosexual.”1


It is no wonder that children who are molested, women who are raped, males who are abused, and victims of domestic violence are often silent – no one believes them when they speak out. There are numerous victims of incest that go to their graves with their family secrets. Often times, when those who have been victimized in some way gain strength to tell what happened to them – they are often blamed as if they asked for the crimes committed against them.

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If you are one of those mentioned above, you know how painful it is just to think about what happened – let alone tell someone. The events are real, and yet, in your mind you often wonder if it was all a bad dream that you can’t wake up from. Bits and pieces of your memory may have been lost, but your soul testifies that something traumatic really did happen to you. As a child, you may not be able to attach a label to the horrific way in which you were treated. But as an adult, one word will suffice – evil.

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I don’t believe the “accusers” in the Eddie Long case are lying. Something did happen above and beyond what has been revealed to the public. I am sure it is not an easy thing for a male to admit that they were sexually exploited by another male. Even a woman who was wooed, pampered, sexually used and then discarded would have a hard time admitting what she went through. If the woman views herself as intelligent, she really beats herself up for not seeing the signs that the guy was a fake, and only wanted to misuse her. Imagine how a young person must feel.

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Children who grow up without fathers, and live in homes that are wanting will become deeply attached to anyone who shows them kindness, and provides for them. Why do you think it is easy for a run-a-way to get caught up in prostitution? The pimp was kind, fed, clothed them and showed them “fake” love. The unsuspecting took the bait that supplied their needs, but were not able to discern the trap. Once they accepted the provisions and gifts, they became obligated to do the bidding of those who provided for them. If they refused, they were often punished with violence and abuse.

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­­Many comments concerning those who accused Long of wrong-doing cannot understand why it took them so long to come forward. I once knew a little five-year old that was raped by a “friend” of her mother – who tied her to a pole in a basement, and beat her to death. Why? Because she said, “I am going to tell my mommy!” The animal that molested me when I was about the same age told me that he would “kill” my mother if I said anything. There are many ways to silence victims. I never revealed what happen to me until I was in my forties. That is a very long time to swallow the hurt and confusion.

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I was betrayed by my own mother – betrayal hurts! If betrayal led Long’s accusers to speak out, I can relate. Being used and discarded is a form of betrayal. With my mother, the trust was betrayed. The love was betrayed. The care-giving was betrayed. And the love and care I had for her was betrayed. When you look up to a parent or parent figure that lets you down – the pain is unbearable. Many turn the pain inward – as I had done and others lash out. Long’s accusers were betrayed.

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Many people blame the devil for this unfortunate blight on the church. But who is to say that God Himself isn’t cleaning house? Could it be in these “Last Days” that God is exposing evil to save the flock? It isn’t His desire that His creation spends eternity in hell – hell was created for the devil and his angels:

“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;” (Matthew 25:41-NASB)

“My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.” (Jeremiah 16:17)

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Who is to refute that God is tired of seeing His children duped by pulpit pimps, and liars who distort His Word? Many in the body of Christ are taking the wrong side – the accused. Until the “whole” truth comes out, isn’t it better to be on God’s side, and show compassion for those who have been hurt by power and misuse of the Word? It takes a lot of inner fortitude, and the strength of God to tell the whole world that you were sexually abused – especially if you are a male.

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Speaking of the “whole truth,” mediation will shut that down. All of the sordid details that the world is waiting to hear may never be heard. But they are recorded in heaven. Don’t let preacher popularity blind you to the evil of sexual abuse. “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (Proverbs 16:18)

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

Galatians 6:7

1http://straightfromthea.com/2010/09/23/anthony-flagg-maurice-robinson-caught-on-camera/

http://www.spiritual-side-of-domestic-violence.org

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