“It is in moments like these that I am so grateful that we do not preach that we are the solution, but we look to Christ for resolution.” That’s a statement from Bishop T.D. Jakes, of Dallas megachurch The Potter’s House, following his step-son Jermaine’s arrest for soliciting sex of the homosexual nature at a public park. All the more interesting, of course, because Bishop Jakes is a raging homophobe.
The pastor is anti-gay marriage, anti-hate crime protection, and says he would never hire a sexually active homo. He sees being gay as a “brokenness.” (But he’s also sat down with organizations like Soulforce.)
So let’s see what he has to say about one of his own family members … who, it’s clear, he would never hire.
As parents, we occasionally feel that our children do not live up to our highest and best ideals. When they do not, we don’t diminish our love for them as recompense for our disapproval. Like our children, we also are not infallible nor do we profess to be. Our now adult son Jermaine is 29, but when he was at home he was a recipient of correction, compassion and wise counsel. We hope that the light of what we believe will guide him through times of contradiction and moments of concern as he continues to mature.
In spite of the family pain we feel from this unfortunate situation, it has given us a chance to show him the same help, support, and restorative grace for which our family and church is noted. Through our ministry at The Potter’s House, as well as our own home, we have for years offered help in the time of need to all adults, our five children and other people’s children.
It is in moments like these that I am so grateful that we do not preach that we are the solution, but we look to Christ for resolution. So then, as a very human family with real issues, like many other people, we will draw from the same well of grace to which we have led others to drink and be refreshed.
Bishop T.D. Jakes