I don’t claim to know or understand Creflo Dollar, but he doesn’t appear to be too pleased with his daughter’s behavior or habits as of late.

I’ve watched his ministry program before and was always struck by how Dr. Dollar (yes, the name does rub the cynical a bit the wrong way) and his wife Taffy (spelling?) seemed very professional, on-the-ball, and delivered very good programs.

Pastor Dollar also struck me as condescending at times, but that’s just me. When he was under investigation a few years back for some kind of spending irregularities (along with several other mega church pastors to be fair), it didn’t surprise me. I expected it.

But, at any rate, Dollar’s latest investigation concerns an arrest for allegedly hitting (and/or choking) his daughter. More than just a few news sources have reported on this arrest, so it’s old news by now.

What isn’t old news, is the reality that mega church pastors now rake in millions (if not billions) of bucks that they can’t possibly spend, regardless of how many starving kids from deepest-darkest Africathey claim to feed or how many youth centers they claim to build.

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar (Photo credit: iandavid). An advertisement for Dr. Dollar.

But didn’t Jesus ride on the back of a donkey into town to make a point? Didn’t Buddha turn his back on his father’s material wealth so he could try to learn the truth? I’m all for living well and paying the bills, but isn’t this level of extravagance taking “prosperity ministry” a bit far? I dunno. Maybe if the guy’s name were just something other than Dollar?

Could Dollar be innocent? That his daughter’s bruises really are just eczema, and the accusations of abuse and violence a minor’s overreaction? And the police arresting him without due course or sufficient grounds to do so? Maybe.

I guess the thing is, is it wrong to expect a higher standard of character and conduct from someone who literally preaches on matters of proper conduct and behavior on a daily basis? Of course the man is human and misunderstandings take place, but usually where there’s smoke there’s fire….or at least ashes.

Anyway, here are the links to the latest stories: