Sorry for not being able to get this story posted last week when it landed in my inbox. I'm sure by now you've either heard or read on countless other blogs about the arrest of mega-church pastor T.D. Jakes' son Jermaine Jakes for indecent exposure in a public park in Dallas in early January.
The Dallas police warrant affidavit shows that Jermaine Jakes entered a wooded area of the park and walked directly over to where Detective X was, and stood next to Detective X with his penis exposed through his unzipped pants. Suspect Jakes then began to masturbate his erect penis with his left hand for several seconds while making eye contact with Detective X.
If you're like me then you've probably been waiting to hear how Pastor Jakes was going to respond to this unfortunate and embarrassing incident. Would he use this opportunity to have an honest discussion about homosexuality and the church's constant vitriol towards gays now that everyone knows he has one in his family? Or would he pull a Ted Haggard and send his son to the nearest ex-gay ministry to pray the gay away?
Pastor Jakes read a statement to his congregation during the 8 a.m. service in which he said, "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... 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."
Pastor Jakes, who said he "had the week from hell" said he had every intention of preaching Sunday, after the news of the arrest affidavit was made public.
According to the Dallas Voice T.D.Jakes has said that he would never hire a sexually active gay person, has spoken out against same-sex marriage, and has called homosexuality a "brokenness."
I can't help but wonder if hearing your father say that your sexuality makes you unemployable and broken had anything to do with Jermaine Jakes' poor decision to look for a human connection after hours in a public park. This is beyond sad.