Ted Haggard. The news keeps rolling in like a tsunami.
I sent an email to a couple of friends tonight sharing my guts on ANOTHER church leader that fell…
This thing is killing me… I’m mad, hurt, empathetic, ashamed, and
more determined that no matter what my church’s size, or what the level
of growth or "success", I am going to finish well.
I don’t want to condemn the guy… love, forgiveness, and all that. But the church didn’t need this. We have enough people that equate the word "Christian" with the 3 H’s… hypocrite, hate-filled, and hollow. And yet I sit at my keyboard tonight, crying; mourning the loss to The Church, mourning yet another pastor gone down. Don’t get me wrong, he needed to… but its so tragic. Understand, I am not issuing judgment, or putting myself on a pedestal… I am the first to tell you it is hard to be a pastor – the demands on soul and psyche are huge. And I haven’t mentored or helped even a fraction of the people Ted Haggard has. But his deceit cost him, his family, New Life church, and The Church dearly.
Pastor, church leader – if you are reading this, remember: It doesn’t matter if your church is 14,000 or 14 – finish well. Be the person you talk about, or get out… for all of our sakes.