It has been a hulking suspicion that has loomed over the black church for decades.
Preachers, despite intentions or stature, have been under a social magnifying glass for the appropriation of funds generated by their weekly services.
Last month the FBI requested that the pastors of three mega churches turn over their church’s budgets and account for each dollar spent.
Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was the first of three to cooperate, but the Rev. Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International and the Revs. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries have resisted.
As imposing as the request may seem, it is completely merited. The money generated in large churches like these allows for the pastors to enjoy a life of luxury, which is perfectly acceptable if all the needs of the church have been met.
The audit of an institution’s finances should not be an issue to anyone if there is nothing to veil.
Patrons of mega churches often deliver their tithes and offerings with the hope of contributing to the kingdom of God.
It is understandable that they might be caught off guard by a sudden investigation, but it can easily be remedied with public candor and cooperation.
Condemnation will only come if there was a crime committed. It is in the best interest of the pastors and the congregations they lead for the pastors to comply with the government’s request.
Akeem Anderson for the Editorial Board.