Surprise, surprise, surprise!
Renowned pastor and author Ted Haggard has once again given Christendom a black-eye after a church volunteer in Colorado recently announced that he and Haggard had an ongoing sexual relationship during his time at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. You may recall that Haggard was exposed in 2006 after a male prostitute named Mike Jones revealed that Haggard was a client of his. Of course, Haggard denied any relation that the two had together, but fessed up shortly after.
Until he was exposed Haggard publicly expressed disdain, to put it mildly, for the homosexual community. I have to be careful here because I don't want to sound like I'm homophobic. Two of my best friends are gay, and I love and accept them for who they are; wonderful, vibrant, life-loving human beings who offer their best to the human race. However, it irritates me when fear-mongering, intolerant, self-loathing Christians completely trash their fellow man for things they deem "sinful", but walk out their church doors and do exactly the same.
So, a message for Mr. Haggard: If you're gay, stop lying to yourself and your family, and accept it. You'll find that no matter where you go, you'll have plenty of people who will still love you, and you might even gain a little respect along the way.