As much as people had been asking me to do it, I steered clear of writing anything about Bishop Eddie Long after he settled out of court with four young males who accused him of coercing them into inappropriate sexual relationships. The verdict I kept to myself: The innocent don’t settle out of court.
However, this blog is not about that.
It’s about the recent bizarre Sunday service at Long’s New Birth Missionary Church in Atlanta. This video has gone viral and has the Internet holy rollers going crazy.
At first I thought this was a Twitter hoax until I saw the video with my own eyes. After viewing it I said, “Did a Jewish Rabbi really just declare Eddie Long, ahem, a King?”
In the clip you will see visiting Rabbi Ralph Messer making a presentation he says that was on behalf of “the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and the God of Israel.”
Messer, who heads Simchat Torah Beit Midrash in Colorado, goes on to start shouting this about Long: “He is a king. God’s blessed him. He’s a humble man, but in him is kingship. In him is royalty.”
Messer gets two men on stage to wrap Long in what he calls a “priceless” 312-year-old scroll of the Torah that was supposedly recovered from the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. How did they get it out? Well, Messer says it was hid under someone’s clothes to be preserved. Is it me or does that scroll look like the size of a 7-footer? How could someone hide that under their clothes?