Though these accusations have not been proven, these charges bring to light once again individuals who have used their religious positions for illegal purposes. These are people who have taken an oath, a sacred trust if you will, before their God(s) to uphold the highest of moral and ethical standards. However, once again it looks as though one of these religious leaders has fallen far short of what their God(s) expect of the ones who speak for Them.
I remember as a kid watching Jimmy Swaggert on television spewing forth his moral values and telling his faithful viewers that if they did not follow the commandmants of God they would writhe in agony in eternal damnation. Of course this Evangelist was not following his own laws and was caught , not once, but twice with female prostitutes, in 1986 and 1991 ! I also remember feeling very angry when he went back on television, and crying like a baby, begged for forgiveness. Well, sorry Jimmy, there is no forgivenes for breaking a sacred vow made before a God or Gods !
I also remember the Jim and Tammy Bakker sideshow. You remember them right ? They built an amusement park with their congregations, "donations to God". Later Mr. Bakker was accused of raping Jessica Hahn. He did serve five years in prison for fraud, tax evasion, and racketeering. I gave out a loud hallelujah when I saw him taken off to jail in handcuffs !
I could also document the numerous Catholic Priests who have been accused, and many convicted, of molesting their followers only to have the incidents swept under the rug with the use of huge cash payouts. However, this is only a blog, I would need enough pages to fill a book to document each and every one of them ! I do not know which is more despicable the act of raping a child or the church's cover-up of such events to protect these awful predators. They are both so outrageous !
Many other ministries have been investigated over the years for, faith healing fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. If you want examples of these people just get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and watch these evangelists asking for money for prayer hankies and bottles of holy water. My favorite is the "laying on of hands" that miraculously heals people. This is the year 2010, how can these traveling salesmen and women still fool people ! Your God(s) will love you if you honor and love them. It doesn't cost a thing ! If you want to waste money at five o'clock in the morning buy some Ginsu knives, at least you will get some real use out of them !
Now after reading all of this you probably think that I believe that all religious leaders are crooks hiding behind the guise of their religion. This is absolutely not true ! Most religious leaders are moral and very sincere in their beliefs and actions. Which of course makes the dishonest and immoral ones stand out like the moon in the night sky !
When any person, man or woman, takes an oath to become a leader in any religion, including ours, it is a sacred trust, not only between them and their God(s), but between them and their congregation. They have at that point bonded their soul to which ever entity they call their God(s). Once broken it cannot be repaired ! Odin says that gift is to be given for gift and lie for lie. Nastrond awaits those who break this sacred trust !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !