The Bishop TD Jakes Earring Flap!
BISHOP TD JAKES AND HIS LOVELY DAUGHTER SARA
Saints ( I guess they are) are funny enough…but saints on the Internet are even more comical. I could prove it but I might get sued, so I’ll pass. I’m not talking about Bishop Jakes…I’m talking about you and me. We’re just so quick to turn on each other. Scary? I think so.
This morning I was approached by one of the Prayer Warriors; she was nearly in tears. It seems as though her teen age son wanted to wear an earring in his ear and had went along with her saying: “No.” Well, that is until he looked on television at a picture of Bishop Jakes in his daughter’s wedding and saw Bishop TD Jakes wearing an earring. (He doesn’t wear one in the pulpit.) He exclaimed in defense: “If Bishop TD Jakes can get one, I don’t see why I can’t too?” This mother told her son that he couldn’t get one and that was the end of it. And indeed it was. Now this lady is very sincere, someone who loves God and doesn’t mind praying for others…everyone without exception or question.
One of the reasons that people are opposed to the idea of Bishop Jakes wearing a diamond in his ear; is because in their perception; it’s worldly. If you’re born again, you “left” the world so to speak. We’re a part of the Kingdom of God. The wearing of the earrings (on men) to most of our knowledge is a worldly thing and a reminder of what “they” do; they being people in the world. The truth be told, many of us haven’t in fact left the worldliness behind in one way or another; through one trait or another. Most of us have some remnant or temptation that besets us and we’ve all got some flesh that must be put down whether we admit it or whether people can “see” it or not. That’s the prevailing thought pattern amongst believers. Believers have high standards…for others. We’ve got to be careful about that.
Also, should we wear or not wear things in church and switch out in the world? People do it all the time. Some mean to, some don’t. These are matters of concern and pose great challenges to us all.
We concluded regarding Bishop Jakes and the earring that God was doing some sifting and immediately began to pray. Now, looking back; I think it was us being sifted. Don’t get me wrong; I am very much opposed to men wearing earrings (as a rule), but that has been my own prejudice and it’s still NONE OF MY BUSINESS IF THEY DO. In fact, I know now I’ve been sifted…I’ve learned so much from this.
Will it change me or you? No, I sure hope not. For me it’s just an observation that I’ve been allowed to see that I don’t yet understand.
SEEMS THIS EARRING THING HAS TURNED INTO A VERY BIG DEAL AND IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL…THAT THIS COULD POSSIBLY BE A BIG DEAL. PEOPLE BEING UNSAVED..NOW THAT’S A BIG DEAL!
I researched people’s opinions on the Internet and as a rule, I found many Christians to be very condemning. I “almost” was the same way too, but…
as I was walking around thinking about it…I happened to look in the mirror and see my earrings. My ears have been pierced for years and years…but does that make me any different? Feminists would say why can’t men wear earrings; it’s just a fashion trend?
I don’t wear diamonds in my ear but who’s to say that I wouldn’t if I had them? I probably wouldn’t but who’s to say? Would criticizing Bishop Jakes make me a hypocrite? I think so, but that’s not the reason that I choose not to do it.
Then, I prayed about it.
Wearing an earring in his ear doesn’t make Bishop TD Jakes any less spiritual. Admittedly, my spiritual Father doesn’t wear one; nor have I ever supported the idea of men wearing earrings, (that means little in the scheme of things). I don’t know Bishop Jakes or the reason and I am not alone, am I? I might add that in this case as in many others, it’s none of my business. Unfortunately, the body of Christ may not view it that way (I’ve read Christian Message Boards) and that’s sad that a private matter was made a public issue.
On behalf of Cafe Sozo, I’d like to Congratulate Bishop Jakes and First Lady Serita on the marriage of their daughter and Sara and her husband. We’ll be praying for them to be Blessed and to walk under the mighty hand of God never to miss a step in these trying times and we encourage you to do the same.
It’s my understanding that if people are indeed concerned about any member of the body of Christ..then, they should pray for them first also asking God for direction. No way should people be spreading rumors and vilifying this man over an earring in his ear! No way should you think any less of him. He’s a great man of God, full of Wisdom and the body should be supportive. That’s my e-pinion.
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