Friday, November 03, 2006

What is really happening with Haggard, the NAE, Politics, Indiscretion, Hypocrisy, Lies???

Yesterday the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Ted Haggard, stepped down from his post due to some allegations involving gay sex and prostitution.

In the Christianity Today article they quote Haggard as saying he has never had an affair and that he is faithful and steady with his wife.

The AP article listed below writes, "The acting senior pastor at New Life, Ross Parsley, told KKTV-TV of Colorado Springs that Haggard admitted that some of the accusations were true.

"I just know that there has been some admission of indiscretion, not admission to all of the material that has been discussed but there is an admission of some guilt," Parsley told the station."

There is an attempt to prohibit gay marriage in the CO political system this coming Tuesday. Some say this recent allegation is just a smear campaign to prohibit the success of conservative legislation, but others believe the hypocrisy of Haggard puts a big question mark on this whole process.

I pray the truth comes out, that this man's marriage can be salvaged no matter the severity of the truth, and that the people of God attending Haggard's 14,000 person congregation can keep their focus on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. Also, if the allegations are found to be faulty, I pray Haggard's ministry can continue.

Practical response - read and apply 1 Cor. 10:12-13

12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (NIV)

1 comment:

Jack said...

It's a terrible shame. And it's not the kind of thing where "a little indiscretion" can just be corrected. I.e., it's not like a pastor foolishly telling a racy joke to the church secretary. That can be corrected with a word from the board. But how do you commit "some" indiscretions with a homosexual Internet prostitute? Just kissed him a little bit? Met him for dinner? Nothing about this can turn out well.