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From what I’ve read, Creflo Dollar was arrested for attacking his daughter. Each article claims he did various types of attacks, but since nobody reading this was there, it would probably be unfair to claim that we know for sure exactly what happened.
Apparently, this argument/altercation began when the daughter wanted to go to a party with her friends. As any good Christian parent would, Creflo was probably trying to prevent that from happening. And I also don’t think that it’s too much of a “stretch” to believe that Creflo was concerned over how this would make him and his ministry appear.
But, in his desperation to contain the situation, he stepped over the line.
The bible has some pretty “absolute” requirements for those who are in ministry.
1 Timothy 3:2-6
A bishop then must be blameless (WOW!), the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having [his] children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the [same] condemnation as the devil.
- Bishop [Greek: episkopos] – a man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly, any curator, guardian or superintendent
- the superintendent, elder, or overseer of a Christian church
Close to Home
I’m not putting this article out to criticize or berate Creflo Dollar. Currently, I have 2 daughters in the junior high/high school age bracket, so this hit close to home. In a relatively short time, they will be confronted with these types of situations and will have to make their own decisions. And I will have to decide how to handle the situation, should things go bad.
I’m not looking forward to these things.
But there is something that I, as well as all of us, have to face. While our children will eventually make their own decisions, these decisions will be heavily influenced by whether or not you and I have cultivated the fruit of the Spirit in our lives while they are still young.
Be transparent with your kids. I believe when they see that we will readily admit that we are NOT perfect, then hypocrisy will be less likely to get the upper hand in our relationships.
Otherwise, you and I could find ourselves facing what Creflo Dollar is facing.Kevin Kleint