"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Monday, November 06, 2006

Haggard's Hypocrisy

More than a few media types have expressed glee over the falling of a Christian evangelist. Apparently, as Ted Haggard preached against homosexuality he practiced the same as he had opportunity. Now outed, he's out as well as the pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Not able to hear all the talk radio geniuses in every city today, I can imagine the tune was not too dissimilar to the one sung locally. There's a certain satisfaction experienced by an unbeliever when a Christian evangelist falls with said fall draped in hypocrisy. I suspect Jesus Christ Himself escaped attack as red herring arguments are often unassailable. Dismantling Christ has always led to failure.

Christians in leadership positions succumbing to temptation is nothing new, nor are erecting self-preservation mechanisms. The use of the behavorial triangulation technique--publicly staing one thing and acting in the oppiste manner-- is just one method of concealment. And in the case of a true believer such action may be personally disconcerting (Romans 7:19 "For what I do is not the good I want to do...") For another example of behavioral triangulation see Foley, Congressman Mark. Not that his motivation was like Paul's of course. I don't know.


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