Yesterday my wife walked into the house and said, "Who's that guy who is the head of the big evangelical association?" I responded, "Ted Haggard?" She said, "Yeah, he's the one. NPR just said that he's been accused of hiring a male prostitute."
I immediately checked this out on the internet to see if it were true and it is. Haggard has temporarily stepped down as both the head of the National Evangelical Association, and as the pastor of his 14,000 member megachurch in Colorado Springs.
Today its out in the open that Haggard has confessed to committing some of the things was he accused of by mail prostitute Mike Jones.
This really weird. I have all kinds of thoughts about all this.
1) If these allegations are not true, then look at how easy it is to get someone to resign from the ministry, at least temporarily. (But today even Haggard says some of it is true.)
2) In some ways I'm not surprised. This is the most disturbing of all. But with that has happened with Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Mike Trout (former co-host of Focus on the Family) and others, it seems that high power charismatic Christian leaders fall into some pretty depraved stuff sometimes. I don't know much about Ted Haggard and I hope this isn't true, but unfortunately we've seen this before.
3) If this is true, what will it mean to evangelicalism? This makes us look bad, bad, bad.
4) If this is true, what will the NAE do in response? Will they openly and honestly address this? How will they treat Haggard?
Pray for everyone involved!