Ted Haggard’s new standard of living

8 11 2006

By now you’ve probably heard of the situation with Ted Haggard.  It’s really unfortunate — for him, his church, Christianity in general, and particularly his wife and children.  I can’t imagine what he’s going through.  Some people are tearing him apart, even trying to discredit all the ministry he has done.  But let’s remember Jesus’ words on this : “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone…”  (John 8:7)  Of course Ted Haggard sinned, and now he’s paying the price of it.  He is reaping what he sowed, and it’s not pretty.  But it’s not our place to keep casting condemnation and judgment on him.  God will judge His people.  It’s our place to forgive Haggard, and we should also pray for him and his family.

I am heart-broken for Ted Haggard and his family.  I really can’t imagine how difficult life for them will be from now on.  How will they feel when they go to Walmart or to the mall?  How will their children be ridiculed?  (And remember, his children are innocent of the situation.)  How many friends did they lose over this?  All their ministry is now over.  They used to get to help people, and now their audience is mostly critics.  They will probably hear about people who turned away from Christianity because of this.  He will have so many regrets, so many thoughts of, “What could have been, if only I had dealt with this earlier?”  He will be angry at himself, because he knew better.  It will be extremely difficult for all of his family, perhaps for the rest of their lives.  They can’t just walk away from this and start having a “normal” life.  Some people will never forgive him and will keep dragging his name through the mud every time he tries to emerge victorious on the other side of this valley.  Try to put yourself in his shoes…  I really can’t imagine…  I pray that they find God’s strength to get them through this time.

If you want to read more, here is a great article on the situation, followed by a good prayer.

The situation should be a wake-up call for all Christians, a reminder that you will reap what you sow.  We all have struggles with temptations, and we all mess up occasionally, but we must deal with our issues so we can walk in victory.  We must not attempt to merely repress our struggles — we are not that strong, and that’s not how Jesus intends us to be victorious.  Jesus wants to change us from the inside out.  We must spend time in the Word and in prayer, abiding in Christ, dwelling in His presence, to be changed from who we were to who we should be.  Jesus wants to purify the desires of our heart, so we see sin for what it is and thus don’t want it.  We must take this seriously.  This life is not a game, and we aren’t guaranteed a long life to get things “right” with God.

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8 11 2006
Fab

Well said, Beppo! We as Christians have to stop “throwing under the bus” those among us who sin. The Apostle Paul gave clear direction for restoring a brother in the Lord who is caught in serious sin. Ted’s peers should lovingly and prayerfully work to restore him to Jesus and while holding him accountable, bring him and his family away from the brink of destruction.

Yes, Ted had a greater responsibility to holiness due to his visible position because God said that leaders would be held to a higher standard. Yes, it is possible that the cause of Christ was damaged by his very public sin. But if handled correctly, there could be an even greater positive effect through the powerful testimony that is possible in this situation.

I pray that those who are working with Mr. Haggard (among them Rev. Jack Hayford and Rev. Tommy Barnett)have godly wisdom and that God would take this situation and use it for His glory. What satan intended for evil, God can turn around for good. Isn’t that what God did in ALL of our lives: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Now, we have this as a testimony: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! So is Ted Haggard if he repents. Our God is rich in mercy and ready to forgive the vilest sins!

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