Saturday, November 04, 2006

Heartsick over Haggard scandal

It really is breaking my heart--all the sordid details of the scandal surrounding Ted Haggard. When I first heard the news I was really stricken and hoping it was all a pack of lies. As more comes out, it only looks worse and worse.

I have been praying for him, his wife, their children (most of all!), his church, the NAE and the church universal. Life is messy. We are all sinners. Lord, have mercy.

Micah Girl


Anonymous Anonymous said...

we might all be sinners in our own way (and this seems to be the spin that evangelicals are adopting in their shameful and hypocritical forgiveness of Haggard), but we don't all go around telling others (and taking their money to tell them, no less) that homosexual behavior is a one way ticket to hell, and we don't write books and promote legislation advancing an anti-gay agenda while engaging in gay sex in private. We don't all talk to George W. Bush once a week; we're not all influential presidents of 30 million member religious associations.

Yes, we're all sinners. And that's a matter between the sinner and his/her god(s). But we're not all Ted Haggard.

I hope honest religious people who believe in a benevolent God will finally wake up and realize that Republicans don't really espouse the "moral" or "family" values. They just exploit them by striking irrational dread of Democrats.

Wake up.

9:31 AM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

I find it interesting that you think you know my politics because I am an evangelical. I am not a pro-Bush republican. My personal response to this crisis is based on the fact that Haggard is influential in evangelical circles, yes, but I am even more heartsick at the personal toll this takes on a family and a church when a married leader has a moral failure. I was sharing a personal response a man's life is spinning out of control.

I am awake politically, thank you for you concern. In fact, I do have a dread of politicians, be they democrat or republican. My faith is not in politics, it is in Jesus.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

micahgirl...I am in total agreement. We seem to have forgotten what mercy is.

And I applaude you on the blog entry. It took a lot of guts to post something that you knew not everyone would agree with. You did not choose to lurk around on someone elses blog and post your view under the guise of *anonymous* If you believe in something or disagree in something, be big enough to sign your name.

Thank you for writing this.

7:03 AM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

Thanks, princess...

7:23 AM  
Blogger mid-life rookie said...

While I disagree with many of Haggard's views, I am saddened by the spiritual damage this will do to so many. I read one quote of a member of his church who said she would never set foot in any church again. We need to all be praying!

Ditto princess on your bravery in posting.

7:41 AM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

One of the things I think this scandal reveals is the dangers associated with "success" in spiritual circles. The more successful you are, the more isolated and the more prone to thinking that you are able to keep secrets or indulge in secret appetites. The advantage of "small" ministry is that you are more likely to be able to remain transparent in the way you live out your life because you are not on a pedestal or isolated in a tower.

8:21 AM  

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