I might have known that the Chrisitian bashing would commence as soon as another widely recognized evangelical with clay toes came crashing down amid scandal.  San Francisco seems to be totally elated… well, at least one web page is.

I have a huge problem with generalities and blanket accusations.  I recall one man many years ago named Bob Livingston who once had an affair and even though it was over years before his stint in Washington, when the news leaked out, he resigned because it was the right thing to do.

I also recall several other great men tumbling down because none of us have feet of steel or even of bronze… we stumble, we fall, we get up and try again.  It still doesn’t give anyone the right to rip up an entire group of people for the fallability of a leader.  James Dobson seems to have the right attitude about all of this.

“All of us at Focus on the Family are heartsick over the allegation, not yet confirmed that Ted has had a private life with a homosexual for several years. We will await the outcome of this story, but the possibility that an illicit relationship has occurred is alarming to us and to millions of others.” He goes on to say, “He will continue to be my friend, even if the worst allegations prove accurate. Nevertheless, sexual sin, whether homosexual or heterosexual, has serious consequences, and we are extremely concerned for Ted, his family and his church.”

Well said, James Dobson.

A very wise young man states, “While we trust him, we don’t put our trust in him,” teenager David McNamara told ABC News in front of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

This is the crux of it all.  We cannot put our trust in any man because no man is without fault.  The fact that Haggard stepped down from the pastorate and from being president of the NAE is quite commendable and totally correct.  Most folks think that it is admitting guilt.  I think it is a huge consideration (which Jimmy Swaggart should have done).  How many men can actually admit they were wrong?  I think I met one a long time ago but then he must have made a mistake.

Stepping down does not make him guilty, nor does it make him innocent.  Clinton didn’t step down, and he should have.  It would have been the right thing to do.

The point of all this is not homosexuality or taking drugs.  The point isn’t even whether another religious leader has fallen into the rubble.  The point is that there isn’t a man or woman alive that has not sinned.  The problem with public figures is that their fallabilities are much more public.  The priests of the Catholic church have committed some atrocities which reflects against the Catholic church, but not against my friend who is Catholic.  Just as Haggard’s buying drugs does not reflect against me.  His plumbline is the same as my plumbline and that is Jesus… and nobody has ever measured up to Him before or since.


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Gina Burgess is the editor of The Tensas Gazette and a redactor for internet marketing company.  She is a columnist for Live As If.org and a site admin for Studylight.org.  Visit her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.

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