Haggard confesses

Haggard confesses

If confession is good for the soul, Ted Haggard is on the way to recovery. Haggard, who just resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, confessed to “sexual immorality”. In a letter read to his New Life Church in Colorado Springs, he said: “I am a deceiver and a liar. There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life.”

First, my prayers go out to his wife and kids and family. This is a difficult burden to bear and a humiliation because he was so prominent. Haggard stepped down from his parish after a Denver gay prostitute accused Haggard of seeing him frequently and buying and using drugs.

Some have asked how Haggard could have been so stupid because as such a prominent figure (and keeping mind the fall of previous Evangelical leaders like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker), he should have known he would be eventually found out. Those who say that just don’t understand the ways in which sin darkens the intellect, which is a nice way of saying that sin makes you stupid. Denial is a powerful tool that we use to pretend that our actions have no consequences.

There are also those who will call him a hypocrite for standing up against sexual immorality and gay marriage when he was himself guilty of sexual immorality. Sorry folks, but nearly every Christian is a hypocrite because we’re all sinners. Yes, we preach Christ crucified and we know that our sins are the cause of that crucifixion and yet we continue to sin. See “Denial” above.

I hope Haggard’s repentance is authentic and long-lasting. His days of public ministry are probably pretty much over, but he can spend a lot of time on his knees praying in reparation for the damage he has done to the Church and to the cause of maintaining Christian values. If only he were Catholic, he could experience the beauty of the sacrament of confession and receive absolution.

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Domenico Bettinelli