February 2, 2009
I watched the documentary on Ted Haggard last night on HBO. 45 minutes of me crying over this man who was caught having a homosexual relationship and who used drugs. He is a man who made a whole lot of money, who did admit to the men he was accountable to his "sin." He was ousted from leadership, and with that I have no problem. The kicker for me was he was removed from his home, his, not one the church owned, and ran out of Colorado altogether.
Since being kicked out, he has moved around about every four months. He has a wife and two sons in high school. I watched them move and move as Ted tried to get a job to support his family, which was not very fruitful.
My anger and grief comes from this: What right does any "church" have to remove a man from his home and a state? That is the height of arrogance! Should he have been removed from leadership? Yes. He needed therapy and has spent two years in it. But if this is all the church is about is bowing down to church "leadership authority" then it is not worth the space it takes up on earth. It also is not scriptural. Christ is the head of every man.
This man, this sinner, had he been caught with a woman, it probably would have gone a lot easier on him, but because he had been struggling with his attraction and desire for men he was despised. Not one person can show me in the NT where Jesus said that was the unforgivable sin, not one! Sex sin is sex sin whether it be a man/woman cheating on their spouse, or having sex before marriage or homosexual sin.
But the new "it is OK to be a bigot here" deal is homosexuality. Remember when it was scriptural to hate black people, and that hasn''t been that long ago?
I remember. I didn''t agree with it then, and will not be a bigot now.
Remember that Jesus hung out with hookers, tax collectors, thieves, and all sorts of "bad" folks. I bet there was a homosexual in the crowd too. Didn''t He say He came to save the lost? If Jesus walked around today and preached the same thing He did on earth, and no one knew who He was, He would rock the Pharisees of today just like He did then and might find Himself being run out and the risk of being killed.
3. Editorial cartoon for 7-16-19 NATIONAL COLUMNS
4. Froma Harrop: Drug price gouging: an American story NATIONAL COLUMNS