Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ted Haggard

I heard in Die Beeld of the situation at the New Life Church in Colorado, where their senior pastor were caught out. All that I can say is - for people (and pastors themselves) to stop putting us on pedestals. The only thing that can happen is either you fall of (from the pedestal) or there will allways be the struggle of someone else who will pull or push you out ( to get the seat). We have seen the moral failings of Jimmy Swaggart and the rest..... how many times must God pull us back to reality.
Secondly, I'm just so aware that God challenges us to see in this episode our lack compassion and love in a shocking way: why was it so impossible for this 'man of God' to come out in the open about his sexual orientation- because ( in his own works) it is 'dirty', 'sinful' and 'dark'. We as a church has a hand in this-we reject people like him and they have to stay in hiding.... we don' love them, we dont ( God forbid) embrace them.. we fear them, lablel then.. we chase them away... to the dark alleys and corners. This is not the compassion and love of God in Christ Jesus...
'Forgive us, Father for we know not what we do....'

Musings.....