A collective shriek bellowed out from across the spectrum of Christendom following Bishop T.D. Jakes’ interview on HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill as he initially sat to discuss his latest best seller “Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose”. Bishop Jakes is one of the most dexterous speakers and is deft handling topics at a spare moments notice. So it should come as no surprise that he would face questions about his stance on the LGBT movement and agenda. As a representative of the church, Bishop Jakes answered authoritatively stating that the black church and the LGBT community can ‘absolutely coexist’. One digital publication was on the receiving end of Jakes’ righteous indignation after using their writer’s confusion to craft a story.
HuffPost Live and its parent company The Huffington Post are gay friendly and Marc Lamont Hill has challenged many ‘anti-gay’ believers and ministers from his perch at the show. Bishop Jakes’ transcendent presence on HuffPost Live would be one to neutralize any such Christian opposition. HuffPost producers and Hill deserve a similar chiding for opting not to engage Bishop Jakes on the current state of citizen and police violence or social injustices that pervade daily American interaction favoring a more salacious topic of the LGBT community. Hill is one of the most outspoken journalists concerning race issues and his silence in the presence of one of the black church’s greatest leaders has been noted. Many in Christendom across America used Bishop Jakes’ appearance on HuffPost Live as the perfect opportunity to accuse Jakes of apostasy.
ChristianNews.net ran with Jakes’ seeming ambiguity in one statement and reported on it, erroneously. As the Supreme Court shifted its stance and signed into law the issue of homosexual marriage, it was Jakes who was the most forthcoming in regard to how the church should address the matter. In response to one of Hill’s questions, Jakes responded: “our argument has to be theological and not sociological“, clearly in agreement with what the bible says and not in favor of secular rule and influence.
Watch Bishop Jakes’ missive about the Supreme Court ruling
Knowing what Bishop Jakes had to say following the Supreme Court ruling, how could he be so ambiguous talking to Marc Lamont Hill? Perhaps he wasn’t being ambiguous at all. In an answer released on his Facebook page, Bishop Jakes referred to time limitations as reasoning for his bereft response that his position on homosexuality is both ‘evolved and evolving’.
“…you better search the scriptures, for in them you think that you have eternal life.” -Bishop T. D. Jakes; John 5:39
Bishop Jakes is not alone is his evolution dealing with gay people in church, the black church specifically. The Reverend Dr. E. Dewey Smith said in regard to LGBT people: “we can’t antagonize and evangelize at the same time!” The message came across loud and clear as Smith pointed to some of gospel greats who wrangled with the scriptural abomination. At one point, he referred to the many songs sang in the church written by gay people.
Most importantly, Smith reminded the anxious congregation that believers must remember that “we all need Jesus”! Bishop Jakes’ statement, though more broad and inclusive of current events hinges on the same sentiment.
…we all need Jesus! – Dr. E. Dewey Smith
You can’t legislate morality
For Bishop Jakes, what is most evolved about his stance is how he must balance the word with legislation. In his own words:
I can’t force my beliefs on others by controlling public policy for tax payers and other U.S. citizens…but I respect the rights that this country affords those that disagree with me. -Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop Jakes has also ‘evolved’ into the acceptance of the separation of church and state.
…we should not lose our minds over the world being the world and the church being the church…See, we have bought into this rhetoric about America being a Christian nation. I like to say that America has a lot of Christians in it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a Christian nation.
With Jakes stepping away from ‘evangelizing’ through public policy, he has placed the burden back on the church where it actually belongs. While, Bishop Jakes did not endorse homosexuality, he did say they should find a place of worship that ‘gets what they get about faith’. But how can that be so in a house of worship to God almighty? Churches like Dallas’ own Cathedral of Hope are increasing and some congregations are simply shifting into the practise of allowing open practice of homosexuality among its membership.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3,4 KJV
Bishop T. D. closes out his Facebook message clearly stating:
For the record, I do not endorse same sex marriage but I respect the rights that this country affords those that disagree with me. – Bishop T.D. Jakes
There are a few lessons to be learned here:
1. Always be prepared with an answer (to your answer) Even though he is the most renown preacher of our time, Bishop Jakes’ answer left some scratching their heads. Thankfully, the Bishop’s clarification was swift. (I Peter 3:15)
2. In his ‘answer’ to the ChristianNews.net article, Bishop Jakes admonished people everywhere to: “Investigate”. A simple call to the church or email to Potter’s House PR may have given the writer the clarity and an exclusive given what was surmised after watching the interview.
3. Leaders and staff should remain open and reproachable to ensure that no negative press is generated in because you’re unwilling to answer the phone or respond to an email.
4. Distractions are deceptive: Never let the main thing become an afterthought! Get Bishop Jakes’ new book “Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose” and buy your tickets for Megafest which begins next week in Dallas!
In all your getting, get an understanding. Hopefully after reading this article in its entirety, you better understand Bishop Jakes’ comments on HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill.