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AOL Poll on Ted Haggard

If you haven’t read it yet, check out this AOL Poll, which I think proves my point about the importance of understanding how to function in a media driven culture:
What do you think of Ted Haggard’s confession?
It’s insincere 65%
It’s sincere 35%

Total Votes: 185,364

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18 Comments

  1. What do I think of his confession?

    I think it doesn't matter what I think.

    What do I think of the fact that the majority of the secular world thinks he is not sincere?

    Breaks my heart.  Shows what a lousy job the church does in being healing and grace to our falled leaders (and others.)

    If I was not a beleiver, it would cause me to say "who wants that?" 

  2. Confession when your caught is very different than confession when you need help. Ted said himself this was a problem he was dealing with for a long time. The key to grace is fess up before you get caught and folks will rally to help, wait till you get caught and expect resentment and fire – both physical and spiritual. As Phil says – be media savy – but for Ted it's to late.

  3. What would keep Ted from confessing years ago?

     I would guess one of two things:

    1) He was afraid that he would lose everything, be tossed out on his ear.  Endure the painful reaction from people who rate his sin as worse than their's.

    or

    2) He wanted to keep sinning.

     Only God knows which one it was…but if it was #1, shame on us. 

  4. Mary,

    Your #1 is correct and also 2. In either case the Holy Spirit was obviously working on him for a long time and it finally came to the point when his refusal to get help required the sin to be outed for his soul's sake.  The men that are going to counsel him now would have done so if he had gone to them first and then he could have been restored to ministry in some way, perhaps in an even greater way than the farce he is now outed from, only God knows.

  5. Our views got warped a bit when the President of the United States was found to be taking sexual liberties with an intern, and got off (so to speak) with little more than some embarassment and the ignominity of being only the second president ever impeached. Yes, Ted needed to be fired. The church would have likely fired the custodian for frequenting prostitutes and doing crystal, so they had to fire the Senior Pastor. I am totally into restoration. You have no idea how firm a believer I am in restoration. But I also know it comes with a very high price tag. Joe – Director of Media & Marketing –
    Grand Rapids First

  6. Wait a minute… not fired him? So we let someone who's admitted to getting massages from a gay prostitue and buying meth stay in a leadership role as a pastor? I'm not getting something here… Forgiveness and restoration aside, without serious consequences to our behavior, things get messy quick…. Plus, don't forget that the rules change when you become a leader…

  7. In Ted's case firing was the right move. If Ted had gone to the board and confessed he could have been put on leave from his office with intense counseling to see if he could be restored – not to his pastorate but christian fellowship instead of being thrown to the Christian trash heap as is often done. Ted's church was well equipted to fund this so his wife and children would at least be cared for during restoration. Remember his wife was a strong part of the Churches leadership and his children were innocent. His wife probably worked for free for years and years.

  8. Mary,

    I'm also very disturbed by the statement and stories that are breaking. There's just no authenticity in it. If you compare the handling of Ted Haggard with how Tara Conner has presented herself since coming out of rehab, it's like night and day.

    I've watched several of Tara's interviews, and whether it's honest or not, she's at least being upfront and direct about her past and her ongoing struggle. Trump and the Miss USA organization have also generated good will by giving her a "second chance"; and forgiveness and redemption are not even part of their core mission.

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