Haggard is a hypocrite, and what, the rest of us are not?
November 7, 2006 8 Comments
This is it. This will be the last post where I talk about Ted Haggard, I don’t have to explain who he is, the media has made sure to let everyone know who he is and what he has done.
It is official, Mr. Haggard has been given the boot by his church. He has admitted to ‘sexual immorality’ in this letter (Thanks, Joel) read to his former congregation. This is a pretty all-encompassing term in Scripture but I believe it specifically refers to fornication (sex outside of the covenant of marriage to the uninitiated.)
As tempted as the rest of us are to throw Haggard under the bus and tell the world that he’s not really Christian, let’s not. He is a brother in Christ and as Coops points out here, and Greg Stier writes about here, we should be immersed in prayer for him and his family. Not for him only though, how about for those in positions of leadership?
Hypocrisy is a sin, so why is it OK to bash on those who are caught in that sin? Why isn’t John 8:7 (“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”) ever used when people point out the sin of hypocrisy?
It’s used by unbelievers and believers alike when a sin they commit is pointed out but why isn’t it applied to hypocrisy? Aren’t we all hypocrites? Do we always practice what we preach? Those among us who preach tolerance as the ultimate virtue, are you always tolerant?