The Resurrection of a Son of Man

Ted Haggard image by the Daily News

Ted Haggard, former pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church who was fired due to his “tour de force” with a male prostitute, has shocked the world once more by announcing his intent to return to ministry. This time, Haggard wants to start a non-denominational church at his home. He is reported as saying, “This is my resurrection day.” Quite a bold declaration for a man whose image receives heavy airtime on the internet within the confines of articles mocking his sexual exploits.

Even with his wife by his side during his announcement on Wednesday, Haggard still could not bring forth the pomp and splendor that is associated with what a Christian would call a “resurrection.” What will become of this endeavor? Only time will tell. What I do find disturbing concerning Haggard’s announcement, based on the reporting of it, is that he only mentions God in reference to how a marriage should be, but not as the one who called him back to ministry, or the one who helped him get his life together (Associated Press). In fairness, this analysis may be incorrect due to the fact that the media does not always report all that is said.

Haggard’s return to ministry is not the end of the world. Nor is the very idea of it occurring with success, an impossibility. After all, the Christian Bible is replete with tales of sordid actions pose by men of God who were able to move in the right direction after those events–i.e. Abraham, Samson, and David. The history of a man is best understood after the fact. Unless there are recent incriminating statements or actions by Haggard, commentaries criticizing his intent and likelihood of success are premature. I have never been a supporter of Haggard’s eisegetical use of the Bible, but I’m willing to see what he does this time around. It is better to be judge for what one does then for what one might do.

Faith commentators will be quick to note Haggard’s failure, allegedly, to integrate Christ in his news conference. Anyone who seeks to re-enter the Christian faith world after a devastating scandal needs to acknowledge complete reliance on the God of the faith. I have yet to see this from Haggard and my skepticism concerning his preparedness is especially based on this.

That being said, Haggard should be conscious of the fact that his actions tarnished his image to the point where he is not recognized as one capable of being a spiritual leader. Measures must be taken to prevent even the similitude of back tracking to his former ways. The fact that his new church will be open to all–even homosexuals, with an emphasis on “broken people,” creates a paradoxical environment. However, in an ecclesiastical institution, that is and must be, the norm.

*The image of Ted Haggard on the front page and above this article is taken from here.

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Author: Jerry Jacques

Jerry Jacques, is a native of Queens, New York. He was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti on June 12, 1980. His purpose in setting up this blog is to think through biblically with others on theology, culture, and anything else that may catch his attention. His hope is that this blog will be a wonderful stopping point for all who visit. He enjoys reading, writing, movies, bowling, board games, and weight lifting. The views expressed here are the author’s own and not necessarily those of his church. If you are interested in getting in touch, write him at jacquesjerry@yahoo.com. Special Interests: Apocalyptic Prophecy, New Testament, Book of Revelation, Book of Daniel, Book of Habakkuk, Biblical Interpretation, Comparative Religion, and Christianity in Contemporary Culture.

5 thoughts on “The Resurrection of a Son of Man”

  1. You are on top of current events again my friend.

    If I am caught in a fire and I am rescued should I enter a fire that I see further down the road? Some would say that that would be foolish, but perhaps in this second fire no one is there to help someone caught inside. Perhaps this time I can enter this fire and instead of being helped I can help.

    There are a group of people in society that are in need of knowing that God can set them free too. I don’t know the intentions of this man and where his heart is with God, but I know that though we must be vigilant, we must also be loving people. Praying about a situation is not just some outdated cliche’ it is a necessity! God still answers the sincere cry of His people.

    Good article again my friend. I admire the fact that you stayed as objective as possible. Objectivity allows us to think for ourselves.

    Be Blessed

  2. I think this guy is a complete phony I saw him on Oprah talking about his wife’s book and why she stayed with him after her told her he was have sexual relations with other dudes. If he was more honest with him self about his sexuality I would not see him as a total hypocrite.

  3. “God still answers the sincere cry of His people.”

    Please explain to me why on certain places on earth and for the half of the world’s population on the verge of poverty – the prayer does not work.

    Why does prayer only work if you have money in the pocket, full belly and a house?

  4. Excuse me for venturing from your original topic Jerry, and addressing Robert Starsi. I call one of my best friends Rob. Prayer means different things to different people. Are people praying? Who are people praying to?

    Have you been to many places on the earth? Have you ever lived in poverty? You see poverty is not really how much someone has. What are you defining poverty as?

    You said “…the prayer does not work.” which prayer are you talking about?

    You are not asking a question to get an explanation; instead you are trying to make a point that prayer does not work is my understanding of your post. I cannot change your views and I do not intend to, but I must share with everyone that the God of the Bible still answers the prayers of those who have no money at times (see Acts 3:1-9), those who are hungry (see 2 Corinthians 11:24-29 esp. verse 23), and God even answers those who have no houses of their own on this earth. I have lived in places that people would despise because of poor conditions and I have found them to be happier than many who have much more than they do.

    My experience has helped me to realize that there is a God who answers pray. He sometimes allows us to experience seasons of loss so that we can help someone else out.

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