Let’s say you were a young black man, trying to fight your way out of a decaying American inner city neighborhood by selling drugs. You might find the criminal justice system incompetent, but you probably wouldn’t find the system very forgiving.
With mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for drug-related violations and get-tough-on-crime policies, there’s a very good chance you would end up in jail. In fact, an amazingly high percentage of young American black men are in jail or dead before middle age.
On the other hand, let’s say you sought higher moral ground in the House of the Lord — then your transgressions are treated entirely differently. Instead of being held to a higher moral standard, as befits one whom judges others, you will find forgiveness without end.
The Reverend Henry Lyons is the leader of the largest black church in the U.S. Lyons has been accused of using church funds to buy cars, clothes, and jewelry for his mistresses. Other Baptist leaders forgave him, and he was not removed from his job.
Lyons not only knows how to receive forgiveness, but apparently how to forgive others. Not only did Lyons hire a convicted embezzler, Bernice Edwards, as the Baptist Convention’s public relations director, he also bought a $700,000 house with Ms. Edwards.
Lyons’ wife did not seem to be in a spirit of forgiveness toward the Reverend or his mistress when she went to their jointly owned house, ransacked it, and set it on fire.
But, of course, Judge Douglas Baird is a forgiving man. After Mrs. Lyons admitted her guilt to a crime that carries a prison term of up to 30 years, Judge Baird slapped her wrist. She was sentenced to probation, with no time in jail. Despite the fact that she admitted to arson, a felony, the judge technically withheld a judgment of guilt, so Mrs. Lyons will not have a criminal record.
Like all good stories, this one has a moral. It’s okay to steal, cheat, and destroy — just make sure you’re a member of the church when you do it.
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Whatever happened to good, old fashioned consequences to our actions?
It seems to me that forgiveness is something we should all do, no matter how deep the offense, but there are always consequences to our actions … good or bad.
It just plain $@#!% me off when people think that we should just forgive and let people just go on as if nothing has happened.
The last I read, “to whom much is given … much will be required” – and that means consequences, too !!!
I’m thankful that others have forgiven me when I’ve messed up and I’m also thankful God has forgiven me, too. BUT, there are always consequences.
Just something to be reminded of before we make our everyday decisions – we will ALWAYS reap what we sow … 🙂
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Why would you use a picture of
Martin luther king to decorate this artical!
That is the outrage.
A Reverend a man of God embezzles money and no one does anything to him. What is going on here. Although I do believe that no mattere what he gets away with here on earth the lord well make him pay for it when he dies. He doens’t have to worry he thinks he getting away with something but GOD IS WATCHING and I’ll tell you he’s not amused. People like him make our lord sad. All I can say is the lord knows!
Don’t put all churches in the same category as “Rev.” Lyons’. What you really should have said is “belong to a politically correct, left-wing church (that supports ultra-liberal causes).
I am indeed outraged by the actions of Henry Lyons and your article is pretty much on target. BUT, did you have to use a depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King for the article??? I consider that an outrage because there is no comparison between these two men. I pray that it was an oversight on your part. A mistake of the head and not the heart.
The funny thing about this situation that no one seems to realize is that all chruches, in all denominations, are in existance for one sole purpose and that is profit. Anyone who is ignorant enough to believe otherwise should just look at the history of the Catholic chruch. This is an entire history of coruption and profit, and if other chruches were examined as closely as the Catholic chruch I suspect we would see the same kinds of coruption.
Can I stand in line to become a Mistress too?
If someone can make money off the weak-willed herd’s need for supplication and submission to a cruel, petty and unjust deity, more power to them.
When the Apostle John was still alive in his advanced age he warned of the growing apostacy he could already see forming and called it “The Falling Away”.
By 325CE all that he said was in the works was already a full reality. The so called Christian Emperor of Rome was involved and welded the apostate sects into his new government controlled religion.
Constantine has been called by at least in historian a member of the Roman Cult of the Cross in his youth as a pagan.
Little wonder that the Babylonian’s emblem of the pagan messiah, Nimrod is found on top of every church in Christendom thus marking them as part of the oraginal apostacy.
Even the doctrines of the Babylonian cults survived, Nimrod was worshiped as his own father and his own son while the central figure of the babylonian Trinity was his mother Semiramis, the queen mother .
Even the idea of going to heaven as a dead warior was the output of the Homosexual priesthood that were and are sworn enemies of the True God.
Islam added the seventy seven virgins 3700 years later to the old political lie.
I think we should bring back mid-evil torcher like impalement and crucifixion. Take this preacher and execute him and his mistress in public, just like Moses and Joshua would have done. Do it in the name of the lord, and reap vengeance for the people!
Nothing surprises me these days, as it applies to many of Black America’s no good poverty pimping jack leg preachers, using false pretenses to elected office no good Black elected officials, and/or the some of the Black middle class who help to finance, give praise to, make heroes of, truly worthless individuals!