Sad news I heard during the morning drive this morning.Â
Apparently, televangelist Juanita Bynum is currently in the midst of a separation from her husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks.Â Bynum and Weeks had a lavish televised wedding back in 2002.Â
Reports, indicate however that the marital hardship took a violent turnÂ Tuesday nightÂ after Bynum and her estranged husband agreed to meet for dinner at a Renaissance Hotel near Atlanta’s airport.Â TheÂ meeting didn’t go well and Weeks abruptly left.Â Bynum followed him to the parking lot where the two engaged in a heated conversation.Â That’s when tragedy struck.Â This from Fox 5 News in Atlanta:
“According to an Atlanta Police Department report, that’s when Weeks allegedly attacked her.Â In a statement to police, Reverend Bynum said her husband, Thomas Weeks, “choked her, pushed her down, kicked her and stomped her in the Renaissance parking lot.”
Ronald Campbell of the APD said a bellhop at the hotel saw the attack, intervened and stopped it.
Officer Campbell said Reverend Bynum suffered multiple bruises and swelling and required hospitalization.
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Reverend Bynum is being kept at an undisclosed location.Â Â Police are searching for Thomas Weeks.”
What a tragic situation.Â More and more I’m seeing a need for male and female preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ to labor much longer in the vineyard of christian ethics and character development.Â So much is required of us and we must understand the necessityÂ of faithful service.Â I would recommend to all preachers a book by Richard Foster entitled Celebration of Discipline.Â This book was required reading during the discipleship track at my church and enjoys prominent placement on my bookshelf for easy access.Â All preachers – no matter how well known or trusted – should regularly “check themselves” or have people around them that can hold them accountable so that we may – as Dr. Charles Booth advised me many years ago – always be found faith.
In addition, the doublesword of being a televangelist means that once you build a large platform for yourself with conferences, television appearances, books, etc., that sameÂ big stage that you helped to build can feature your shortcomings and sins as well.Â Be careful chasing fame.Â For fameÂ can quickly rot into notoriety and place personal trangressions under the public microscope.Â
Finally, I must speak out against domesticÂ violence against women.Â Â On the radio this morning, I heard a female host talking aboutÂ this issue.Â She was talking about how some women don’t know how to letÂ an argument go and letÂ the man walk awayÂ if he so chooses.Â SheÂ said that she even is guilty of chasing down her husband after arguments and jumping on his backÂ when he doesn’t want toÂ talk anymore.Â I recognize that women can play a role in continuing the escalation of an argument, however, I do not believeÂ that that gives justification for the manÂ to strikeÂ the woman.Â Even if the woman is attempting to hit the man with her fists; I can understand the man restraining the woman or eluding her attacks, butÂ still no license isÂ given to attack her.Â Brothers, if we are to be real men, we mustÂ learn to be disciplined in our behavior and in control of our bodies even under duress.Â
Let’s keep Juanita Bynum and Thomas Weeks in prayer and continue to pray one for another that we mayÂ continue to grow in a way that is pleasing in the eyesight of Almighty God.