January 30, 2007
A Welcoming of Grace
I wanted to draw attention to this article about Ted Haggard's accuser visiting New Life church. (I have seen it several places. Todd at Monday Morning Insight's has it too.)
This whole thing has been a black eye for the church, but then something redeeming like this takes place. New Life Church's pastor thanked Mike Jones for helping them expose the hidden sin. They greeted him warmly, and treated him with respect. While the issue is still painful for them, they were able to extend grace to the man who many might feel caused the pain.
The church was also very gracious in their treatment of Haggard and his family.
In spite of all that has happened in this situation, God is still able to demonstrate the love and forgiveness He desires. This church has truly stepped up and demonstrated love for an "enemy," how to hold someone accountable for their actions, and offer grace even in the midst of their pain and betrayal.