Saturday, November 04, 2006

The "But I didn't inhale" Defense. Or, maybe, the "I didn't have sexual relations with that woman" defense. I don't completely know what to think about the Haggard scandal, but I find his explanations pretty lame.

Apart from that matter, the scandal raises several questions for me, which include the following:

1. Assuming that this is a set-back for the Kingdom, as surely it is at least on a short-term basis, does this suggest that Christian celebrities should stay out of politics? Is the Focus-on-the-Family sort of push into the political arena, now well over a two decades old, really worth all the risks to the propagation of the Gospel that are involved in such activities as leading the charge in Colorado against same-sex "marriage".

2. How long did people on the Gay rights side know about this? Was this a sort of October surprise tactic?

3. Is it "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household"? Or is it "Clean up your life and, in particular, get out of that immoral relationship, oppose abortion, support the war, change your party affiliation, embrace the free market, unpierce yourself, and believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved."? By that question I mean this: Exactly what Gospel has Haggard betrayed? Is it the Gospel that Paul preaches to the Galatians or is it a Gospel that has more affinity with that of the Judaizers in that letter?

UPDATE: Here's the post to which Sweetpea refers in the comments.

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