Again with another fallen Christian in the public spotlight. Gotta brace myself for the plethora of news articles and blogs about the now former pastor of New Life Church, Ted Haggard. Of course, the reason is not that he is a fallen pastor, sucked in by whatever temptation turns out to be true, the true reason is that he is/was also president of a “Christian” group called the National Association of Evangelicals that maintains a very high profile political arm.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Christians should not be forming “Christian” political groups. Period. This is just another opportunity for non-Christians to point their fingers at all Christians as hypocritical. Matters not that this group and all others like it have zero to do with Christ – it only matters that they do their politicking under the guise of Christianity.
Had this pastor been one of the many humble servants that go through their daily lives trying to live as Christ, only to be overcome by one of the many temptations in life, there would be no national uproar, no punditry, no sophistry, no outrage, no political partisianship, nothing. Only a chance for the people directly hurt (him, his family, his congregation) to heal, to put into practice the compassion that is wholly and fully Christ.
Such a shame. Just don’t forget, in your zeal to pile on, that Ted Haggard and his family really do need your prayers.