Ted Haggard 2
I don't know how many of you have been following the Ted Haggard story, but it seems to be everywhere. I have been quite impressed with the senstivity and gentleness with which most in the Christian community have been handling the episode.
There are awlays exceptions, however, and I was particularly annoyed by the comments of Mark Driscoll who, while maybe not intending to, managed to post a blog that sounded really smug. Basically, his position seems to be: 'I am a wise, heterosexual male pastor whom this sort of thing could not happen to because I protect myself from sexually predatory females who always seem to want to go to bed with me.' (Read his comments and see if you agree with me: http://www.theresurgence.com/md_blog_2006-11-03_evangelical_leader_quits )
In all this we need to say to ouselves, 'let him who thinks he stands, beware lest he falls'. On October 29, the Sunday before all this broke, Ted haggard preached a sermon on 1 Samuel 16 on God replacing leaders. He prayed that God would expose lies and deception. Quite sobering when you think about it.