by Dr. Boyce Watkins, BlackBlueDog.com
Gordon Solomon, a pastor at Christ’s Community Church in Los Angeles, shocked his congregation this week. The pastor was arrested for having a highly inappropriate two-year relationship with a 14-year old girl. The two had been exchanging text messages of a s****l nature for the past two years, starting when the girl was just 12-years old.
Solomon, a 50-year old man, allegedly met with the girl at various locations, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The girl’s mother found one of the messages and called police. Police were then able to trace the pastor’s phone to determine that the conversations had been occurring for the past two years.
Pastor Solomon has been charged with seven felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child, one felony count of oral copulation of a person under the age of 14, and one felony count of s****l abuse, according to the District Attorney. If convicted, Solomon faces up to 26 years in prison. He is currently being held on $3 million bail.
Solomon is a married man and on the church’s website, he is posing with his wife. The church says that it’s goal is to “increase awareness of Almighty God and spread the word that Jesus saves.” Police say they have reason to believe that this little girl is not the only victim of Pastor Solomon’s behavior, there may be others with whom he’s interacted.
The church is a great place to find some of the most evil human beings known to man. Hiding under the cloak of the bible, some have been raised to quote bible verses like robots while committing some of the most heinous acts imaginable. What’s interesting to me is that most of us know at least one person who behaves this way, with most of us knowing quite a few. In fact, the biggest liar I’ve ever met in my life “just happens” to be the pastor of a church.
Pastor Solomon does not reflect the essence of the black church or the millions of people who are in it, but we’d be incorrect to state that such men and women aren’t all around us. The moral of the story is to be careful about those with whom you trust your children, and to realize that connecting to the body of Christ is far deeper than reciting a bunch of bible verses and asking for forgiveness every time you hurt another human being. There’s no point in seeking spiritual enlightenment if you choose to live your life in the darkness of blatant hypocrisy.