WE ARE ALL MINSTERS - sometimes we are better ones than others. The whole conversation [about "restoration"] places way too much importance on the role of institutional and organizational leader, at the expense of [the] gospel being spread from person-to-person, life-to-life. Haggard was a minister, he is a minister[,] and he will always be a minister.Read the whole thing.
RIGHT NOW, RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE, TED HAGGARD HAS A MINISTRY! There is nothing for him to be restored to. Haggard's ministry now is to be the best example possible of a person in the process of redemption - of confession - of humility - of being broken and rebuilt by God Himself. [emphasis mine]...My prayer for Ted Haggard is not that he would be restored to ministry, but that he would do this ministry, right now, better than it has ever been done before.
You see, people so anxious to "restore" Ted Haggard aren't so much interested in Haggard as they are in restoring public credibility to that church or to the National Association of Evangelicals. [again, emphasis mine]John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.Why are we concerned about public credibility, especially at the cost of a broken man still discovering precisely how contrite he is? That is seeking peace, seeking restoration[,] "as the world gives." We should be seeking Christ's peace, Christ's restoration! [again]
Monday, November 13, 2006
The Fiction of 'Restoration'...and the need for the real thing...in the Haggard Case
John Schroeder comments on the process of "restoration" that Ted Haggard is undergoing right now. He points out that all Christians have ministries all the time--even when they've been broken by sin--and that the process being referred to as "restoration" may be less about helping Haggard experience wholeness as a child of God than it is about sprucing up the image of one outlet of organized religion.