today’s news about ted haggard (president of the NAE, senior pastor of new life church in colorado springs) has me very meloncholy. i’ve not been a massive fan of the NAE agenda these days — seems they’ve become more about defining who’s in and who’s out than much else — but i’m sad on so many levels.
i’m sad because this is just another easy way for people (especially the media) to paint all christians with a broad brush. the accusations become accusations against all of us. i don’t like getting lumped into those categories, but i also want to represent the name of christ.
i’m sad because i can’t imagine the pain and panic and emptiness in the haggard home at this moment. i hope the accusations are proved false. but whether they are accurate or false, the pain will be immeasurable.
i’m sad because of the pain new life church is, and will be, experiencing. new life church probably wouldn’t be my cup o’ tea; but they’re still my brothers and sisters in christ. my uncle is an elder there (he’s been pictured in some of the news i’ve been reading online this morning). i know what this pain is like first-hand. i’d been at a large church for 6 months when it came out that the senior pastor had been having an affair with one of the other pastor’s wives. what a mess. and it’s shocking how quickly that kind of pain can cause division.
i’m sad that a world of people will read the news this morning, and have one more reason to distrust, dislike, and distance themselves from, christians.