Friends are Friends forever...if one doesn't turn out to be addicted to meth and homosexual massagesIt appears that Christian friendship and accountability only goes so far.
Whether or not he is telling the truth, James Dobson's recent statement regarding Ted Haggard is nothing but bad news.
Dobson has decided not to participate in Ted Haggard's "restoration process."
"It is with great regret -- and after much prayer and discussion with friends and family -- that I have had to reconsider my involvement in the panel overseeing Ted's restoration. Emotionally and spiritually, I wanted to be of help -- but the reality is I don't have the time to devote to such a critical responsibility. Ted and his family will be better served by someone whose energies and attention are not tugged on in quite so many directions."
If he's telling the truth he is unwilling to help a good friend and fellow Christian leader who he believes has been essential to the furthering of the Gospel because he doesn't have the time. Wow. If he's not telling the truth he has decided to not help Haggard because Dobson doesn't want to spend time with people who may or may not be at least kind of gay. In either case, I was actually sadder to hear about this than anything in the situation so far. Jimmy James is not helping me picture him as the friendly grandfather of evangelicalism here. Congratulations Dobson, I hope that your Focus on the Family image and income is left in tact now that you've distanced yourself from your friend who has hit rock bottom. I'm sure that Jesus would have bailed had he found out that one of his disciples had done drugs and fooled around with another guy...
In other Haggard related things, I have been looking over the possible books that Haggard may have written under the influence of Meth and gay sex. The story is that Haggard first got mixed up in all of this while staying at a hotel while writing. Assuming that this is true and that it has been going on for three years, there are three books written by Pastor Ted during this time.
Foolish No More! is applying Paul's letter to the Galatians to contemporary Christians. I think John and Lisa Bevere put it best when they say, "“Honestly, who wants to be stupid…let alone foolish?" So true. Dr. Clive Calver may be feeling pretty foolish whenever he sees his blurb on Foolish No More! "Ted Haggard is one of those very rare people who can be relied upon to ‘say it like it is.’"
Second, you have From This Day Forward, the ironic book by Ted and his wife Gayle about the meaning and importance of the Christian wedding ceremony.
Finally, there is The Pursuit of the Good Life. While I originally thought this may be an allusion to ancient Greek philosophical ethics wherein sex with young men was considered one aspect of pursuing the good life, I have come to find out that in this book, "Using the tabernacle of Moses, Ted Haggard shows how God has invited us into His presence and given us a road map to becoming competent Christians."
Which parts of these books were written under the influence of meth or just before calling for a massage? It looks like we'll have to wait for Haggard's next book, Gay No More!: How I was restored from homosexual activity and drug addiction no thanks to that SOB James Dobson.