Friday, November 03, 2006

Black Eye for Christians

With only a few days before the mid-term elections, there are news stories about the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, Ted Haggard. The allegations are from a gay man who claims to have been paid by Haggard for sex. There are also allegations from the same man that Haggard used illicit drugs. One spokesperson for Haggard's church is quoted as saying that Haggard admits to some--but not all--of the allegations. Haggard has resigned his position with the church and with the National Association of Evangelicals. The website indicates that it is being updated.

The accuser admits that the timing of his accusations were motivated by the impending vote on same-sex marriage. There is also an indication that the accuser failed a lie detector test.

It is sad if any part of these allegations are true. This is not the first time that evangelical leaders have fallen--and it won't be the last. But it certainly gives a black eye to Christianity as a whole when its leaders are accused of these types of events. It is hard for society to believe us when we talk in terms of a Christian worldview when Christian leaders are caught up in things we denounce.

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