The church has been in the news too many times over the last nearly 20 years for stories pertaining to pedophilia and sexual deviancy between religious leaders and the members of their church. But, the newest case is more personal.
Earlier this week, Bishop Larry Trotter, who is the senior pastor of mega-church Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago, Illinois, was seen in a photo taking a bubble bath with his granddaughter. The photo was on his Instagram account and both Bishop Trotter and his granddaughter show huge teethy smiles for the camera. The incident has been viewed as hugely inappropriate and has placed a shadow of deviance over the Bishop.
Thursday morning, the Bishop had a phone interview with Pastor John Hannah on the John Hannah Morning Show on iHeart Radio – Inspiration 1390 where he revealed that the backlash from the photo has been “hurtful” for him. He described it as a “dark” time for himself and his family since the photo was released.
The Bishop explained in his interview with Pastor Hannah that the photo was totally innocent, but “has become nasty and ugly”:
“My kids were over the weekend, I take a bubble bath which is the long and short of it. My grandbaby, who is 4, came in and said ‘Paw Paw where you get all the bubbles from? I tease with her and said I make bubbles like when you were just a little baby. Asked could she get in and Jovan, her mother, put on her trunks, as I did mine. She was in the tub five minutes, I guess. Jovan took a picture, who is her mother, and one of our family members who has access to my Instagram and Facebook put it out there and I said, ‘Well that’s Paw Paw’s First Lady. So, it was a totally innocent thing. I know some people never bathed with their kids, I bathed with all of mine. When I was coming up, we shared bath water. I’m not ashamed of what I did, I’m ashamed and hurt that it’s gone out across the world and people have called me everything from a child molester to a pedophile to a nasty old man and I should get out of the ministry. The vulgarities have just been terrible.”
He seems genuine as he explains the rationale of his actions to Pastor Hannah. It appears to be a difference in culture and upbringing. A lot of people took pictures of their kids naked in the 60’s and 70’s, and also bathed with their children. But now, both are taboo and considered child pornography and sexual deviancy.
Listen to the interview for yourself. What do you think?