“My test has begun; watch me”

kleenexThe Rev. Ted Haggard story is now unfolding in a manner that is both dramatic and, for journalists, frustrating.

The drama this morning at New Life Church was very human, yet there really wasn’t much in the way of news for reporters to write about. It was a day for tissues, not newsprint. Here is a sample of the coverage in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

The mood was a mixture of sadness and determination that the church will go on. The service was rife with tears, hugging, anger and calls for forgiveness. The congregation stood and applauded for acting senior pastor Ross Parsley, for the overseers, and for a letter written by Gayle Haggard, but not for the confession submitted by beleaguered pastor Ted Haggard.

Haggard will seek intensive mental and spiritual counseling from nationally-prominent pastors Jack Hayford and Tommy Barnett and Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson.

The Rev. Larry Stockstill, head of the oversight board, said: “Today you’re seeing both the goodness and the justice of God. We can be mad at God, say that it’s not fair, the timing is terrible, or we can say ‘blessed be the name of the Lord.’”

The oversight committee that fired Haggard is still not talking about the details of his sexual sins.

Haggard elected not to confess them, either, in the letter read to his flock.

And that’s that. The most dramatic story of the day was written by the fallen pastor, and it was a story about sin, faith and partial repentance, not bold details. There wasn’t much that reporters could do to improve on it, although that might happen in the days ahead.

Click here for the full text. Here is a sample of what Haggard had to say:

… I alone am responsible for the confusion caused by my inconsistent statements. The fact is, I am guilty of sexual immorality, and I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life.

For extended periods of time, I would enjoy victory and rejoice in freedom. Then, from time to time, the dirt that I thought was gone would resurface, and I would find myself thinking thoughts and experiencing desires that were contrary to everything I believe and teach. Through the years, I’ve sought assistance in a variety of ways, with none of them proving to be effective in me. Then, because of pride, I began deceiving those I love the most because I didn’t want to hurt or disappoint them.

The public person I was wasn’t a lie; it was just incomplete. When I stopped communicating about my problems, the darkness increased and finally dominated me. As a result, I did things that were contrary to everything I believe. The accusations that have been leveled against me are not all true, but enough of them are true that I have been appropriately and lovingly removed from ministry.

pdeo003076The key now is the phrase “from time to time.”

It is likely that Colorado newsrooms will do everything they can to document the past. But the church’s leaders — leaders of a church all but created in Haggard’s image — have acted firmly and quickly. It will be interesting to see how the flock responds.

What will happen next? It sounds like the Haggard family will press forward — at least that is what Gayle Haggard’s letter said. I wonder if any journalists will debate whether to write stories about when marriages are saved, and when they are lost, under these circumstances. I wonder what editors would say if a reporter proposed writing that story.

After all, Gayle Haggard said this:

What I want you to know is that I love my husband, Ted Haggard, with all my heart. I am committed to him until death “do us part”. We started this journey together and with the grace of God, we will finish together.

If I were standing before you today, I would not change one iota of what I have been teaching the women of our church. For those of you who have been concerned that my marriage was so perfect I could not possibly relate to the women who are facing great difficulties, know that this will never again be the case. My test has begun; watch me. I will try to prove myself faithful.

UPDATE: The omnipresent Ted Olsen at Christianity Today says there is a bit more news between the lines — including hints of a comeback. Click here for Ted’s parsing of the letter and services today.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Eric Weiss

    I didn’t want the details, and I don’t think the details would have been appropriate in the context of the public letter to the church, though IMO Haggard perhaps should have been more specific and explicit in his confession – i.e., identified it as homosexual activities and meth/drug use (though there might be legal ramifications for discussing the drug use in public), and maybe the church staff reigned him in somewhat on some things he was willing to say.

    Haggard went far, far beyond Jimmy Swaggart who only said, “I have sinned.” Swaggart never said what that sin was or what those sins were, and as far as I know, he still never has; it was up to Marvin Gorman and the journalists to tell us.

    Haggard has confessed to sexual immorality and, in only-slightly-veiled terms (because we know the accusations), to battling and succumbing to homosexual urges or desires, and maybe even to having a homosexual orientation. If, as he said, he’s been fighting it all his adult life, perhaps his getting married was an effort to live a “straight” life, an effort at which he was largely, but not fully, successful.

  • http://hairouna.livejournal.com Discernment

    I like the way that church has handled the issue.

  • rob

    Said to say that we will see the true nature of the extreme left as they exhibit their joy and glee about this story.

  • Dominic Glisinski

    I read an article somehwere by a Presbyterian candidate for ordination. He was put through some psycho-analysis prior to his interview, and during the interview he was asked if he was gay. He said no, and then asked why he was asked that question. The answer was something to the effect “all your responses to the psychological screening indicate that tendency…but don’t worry – All successful pastors show the same results” Tells us something about effiminacy amongst successful clergy? Or merely something that is within each of us that we can either allow to control us, or to crucify. It seems like feeding the beast is as successful as signing pacts with Hitler…we all try to play Neville Chamberlain with our inner Hitler…from time to time we win, in the end we lose.

    The longterm fallout is going to be damaging to say the least.

    “Pilgrim it’s a long way, to find out who you are”…

  • c.tower

    The sad thing is that Haggard’s attitude is that he has to “purge” himself of his “evil” homosexual urges, instead of simply admitting he’s gay…sexual repression is not going to solve anything, and will only make his problems worse- but I think the poor man would rather suffer than admit that the homophobic attitudes he’s lived with all his life are wrong.(Of course, everyone around him will act as “enablers”, even though they’ll be suffering, too… What part of “the truth will set you free” don’t they understand?)

  • corita

    Well, C. Tower,
    I agree that the truth sets us free, but I do not think that sexuality is as easy to parse as many people would have us believe.

    In the coverage, I have been especially watching to see how that particular aspect is spun. I figure we have got about 2 or 3 days before the entire nation begins to weigh in on his sexuality and what he should do about it. But really, his “sexual orientation” (whatever that means, his sins, and his desires — these are all most likely extremely complex. And it is nobody’s damn business but his.

    I find that the media is especially happy to serve up a simplified version of gay/straight questions. Anyone seen any examples of this issue addressed yet?

  • Tom Schneider

    70% of gays are born that way, the rest get sucked into it.

  • ken

    As a gay man who had to face his own moment of truth, I know the horror of hiding a secret from a wife, family, friends and yourself.

    Accepting yourself as you are is the first step toward freedom. If you let go of your ideas of what god wants, you’ll find the things unfold naturally and beautifully once you commit to telling the truth.

    Gay or straight … who cares? Just be honest with yourself. The truth does set you free. Imagine how may lives would be helped if everyone could grasp that simple truth.

  • Craig Julian

    Mr. Haggard is a man like no other. When we place church leaders on a level that exceeds others, we are asking for trouble. Every one has a flesh that does not go away. We always have a choice to walk according to the flesh or spirit. This man of God simply struggled with sin like everyone else. The Apostle Paul struggled, I struggle, everyone struggles. You can read the Bible 1 million times and still struggle. He sinned, he confessed, he is now forgiven. In fact, Jesus died for all sins and this is one of them. It is that simple. There will be much healing that will need to take place in his family. I believe we should pray for him and his family. I am a fellow believer and will accept as a friend. He is still a man of God, this problem does not change his status. May God bless the Haggard’s through these rough waters. Jesus came so that we have life to the full!

  • Frank Elliott

    The tragic flaw in Christianity is its complete and utter failure to understand human nature. If your primary way of dealing with internal conflict is to avoid temptation and to pretend everything’s ok, you’ve made yourself a moral invalid. If your approach to dealing with seriously conficted a man like Haggard is to forgive him and tell him go and sin no more, you’ve only enabled him to try and to fail at a life for which he may be completely. He’ll then seek forgiveness again with no regard to the very real temporal consequences of his actions for himself and others.

  • spiritual reader

    To the person that invokes “true nature of the extreme left” above:

    THe only way I can figure out how this issue is about the EXTREME LEFT is that the EXTREME RIGHT got to see its own mirror image. And I’m guessing it didn’t like much what it saw.

  • reef

    I find it curious that the commentaters are angry at the media for what they may do in the future. So far, except for the vice-president of the evangelical churches, no one has thought “Perhaps we should rethink human sexuality”–Perhaps this is God’s way of saying “Stop this war between My children. I am the Judge”. Is humility no longer a virtue? This should not be a scandal. A man is gay. Did that make him any less a pastor? Isn’t it the righteous who will inherit, not the self righteous?–”Be still and know that I am God”. I shall now be still.

  • JM Flint

    The tragedy is that Haggard cannot see that he is just a normal human with different feelings toward sex. In stead of faith he needs wisdom. Instead of forgiveness he needs compassion.

    He needs to see through the inflexible dogma of an authoritarian religion and gain enlightenment. Until he casts off the horrible straight jacket of blind faith and turns to reason he will be tortured man.

    I am a long time (46yr) straight happily married man who has several gay friends. They could no more be straight than I could be gay. Two of them are the splendid parents of two great, “normal” kids. They are far more exemplary parents than many Christian couples I have known.

    It is time for all monotheistic religions to leave their 14th century thinking behind and realize unlike the authors of the bible the world is round not flat and a wonderful place to spend our lives if we simply learn to love.

    JM Flint

  • kAthleen Bell

    The headlines read “IMMORAL SEXUAL CONTACT”……did you notice the spin? It still has the word moral in it! Very clever. Did they ever think to call it homosexual activity, adultery, drug abuse, prostitution, fraud etc……? Let’s just call it “IMMORAL ADULTERY” it has a softer sell to it?

  • George

    This seems too easy. How could someone give up 30 years of struggle to build a church over a weekend? It sure looks like Ted Haggart was bushwacked to me. I’d say that it is odds-on that he gets his feet back under him and comes back fighting before the week is out. Rev. Stockstill had better stay on his toes.

  • Craig Julian

    This is a response to Mr. Elliott,
    It is called grace. It is something we are given every day. The Father does not restrict it to a one time deal….But a life time of starting over. It is the goodness of God that leads us to change….not the law. The law only shows us our sin. I can testify that many things that I have overcome….I did by grace and not one by the law. The real question is why would I continue to sin? It is not worth it….but this takes time…I say this in Christ..

  • bone

    I am straight and somewhat homophobic but have long been disturbed at what can only be seen as institutionalized hate directed at those of different lifestyles by the evangelicals and exploited by a frighteningly corrupt and power-hungry GOP to corral believers and divide the nation. I hope that two results come out of this:

    1. Christians will cast aside hate and accept that we are all different. That that difference is not sin, and since the sexuality that God gave us cannot be denied, a person’s sexual preference is not evil because it differs from our own standards and thus should not be persecuted. They need to reexamine their entire self-righteous and dangerous quest for a theocracy here in America.

    2. People stop fighting what they truly are. How God made them. If he had accepted his homosexuality, I feel he would have lived as a more happy, healthy person, and something as shockingly destructive as meth use would have not been in his life. Self hate fuels self destruction.

    Rob, your statement about the “extreme left” only shows how far along you have allowed yourself to be led down the path of stereotyping and hate. This should be a time of introspection, coming together and acceptance. This divided country needs heeling, not more fuel onto the fire.

  • http://www.geocities.com/hohjohn John L. Hoh, Jr.

    There are some items about Ted Haggard that make me pause. Two in particular.

    Rev. Haggard went to gay bars to minister to gays, from what I’ve read. Seems similar to another group, J.C.’s Girls, who have the same MO as Haggard appears to have–go to the sinners and minister to them. J.C.’s Girls admit to paying for lap dances–but instead of getting a lap dance they claim to use that time to share Jesus. Can it be that Ted Haggard had a similar strategy? I don’t know. And if J.C.’s Girls becomes popular–or controversial–will we read about accusations of someone from that ministry paying for lap dances? Just a thought.

    There was another quote from Haggard about Christians never sinning again. That isn’t supported by Scripture. St. Paul was a mature Christian but still had a conflict with sin in Romans 7. The fact that the Old Testament prophets often refered to the OT believers as both “Jacob” and “Israel” is likewise telling. These were two names for the same person. Jacob (“heel-grabber, deceiver”) was the pre-wrestling, exhiled name of the younger son of Isaac. Israel (“one who wrestles with God”) was the name given to Jacob at Peniel after wrestling. I believe God used this to illustrate what Luther stated “We are at the same time saints and sinners.” Haggard’s view led to likely belief in his invincibility. A more SCriptural view would have looked to God for strength, counsel, and guidance.

  • P Soulet

    I find it incredibly interesting that the uproar seems to be over the sexual aspects – with emphasis on the homosexual. I see little being said in regard to the fact that the man first admitted purchasing illegal drugs. Is that not as offensive to his flock? Soliciting a prostitute aside, it is certainly the more illegal part of this scandal.

  • Frank Elliott


    Does a virus understand the concept of Grace? Will it say that Pastor Ted really didn’t mean to get buggered by his masseur again? Will the virus then refuse to infect the pastor or his wife?

  • Andy Crouch

    I don’t see “hints of a comeback” in Haggard’s letter, nor in Ted Olsen’s parsing of it. Just as people commonly speak of someone who has suddenly died in the present tense, you can’t expect people at New Life to instantly stop saying “Pastor Ted.” His letter is perfectly clear that he will never lead at New Life again. That’s actually one of the most impressive aspects of his letter.

    It is certainly possible that he will be restored to some form of ministry, somewhere, someday. We better hope that repentant sinners can be leaders, ’cause otherwise the church will have a serious shortage of leadership.

    So far, from what I can glean through the media, the disciplinary process has been a model for other churches. The only question is whether there were hints of this issue that could have been picked up before Haggard’s accuser came forward, and at the moment there is not a shred of evidence available that that is the case. We have certainly seen from his televised interviews that he had an astonishing ability to lie fluently, so I suspect that this was a genuine surprise to everyone.

    As has been mentioned on this site elsewhere, I think, this kind of situation happens in every single kind of church: Catholic, Protestant, mega, mini, evangelical, mainline. I have never seen any research that suggests there are any independent variables of that sort that affect the frequency of pastoral sexual misconduct. The differences arise in whether there are structures to hold leaders accountable or not, and whether the leader’s peers protect him or not. Charismatic churches of the sort Haggard pastors have not been noted for their strength in this area. But I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve seen of New Life’s approach in these past few days. In this respect, we have come a ways from the days of Bakker and Swaggart.

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Question–If Rev. Haggard were Episcopalian or one of the other Mainstream Modern Churches –would he now be on the fast track to a bishop’s position in the name of diversity.

  • http://blogs.salon.com/0003494/ Bartholomew

    Sex and drugs are mundane human failings. What I found particularly striking was the absolutely fluent way he lied about it all to the media (including a studied “what’d you say his name was?” when talking about Jones). Is he really so lacking in emotional intelligence that he thought that with a few lies the fuss would all die down and he could go on with his “ministry”? And how could he reconcile his religious beliefs with trying to continue doing “God’s work” on such a basis? Looking at his creepy ever-fixed smile, I’m inclined to diagnose a personality disorder of some kind.

  • Craig Julian

    There are consequences to sin. If I smoke, I will get cancer. If I stress or eat too much, I will have a heart attack. Do these things affect the family? yes. I agree that if Mr. Haggard’s activities could affect his family in many ways…but that is part of life. We are wounded by those we love.

  • http://www.baptistnomad.com Robyn

    I have followed this story since hearing about it over the news on Wednesday here in Chicago, have read through the posts and comments on this site, and I must say that the effort to dismiss sexual behavior [whether that be w/ the same gender or otherwise] as a problem, indiscretion, or tendency is extremely reductionistic. What is a problem is the dishonesty. The indiscretion is unfaithfulness to Ted’s spouse, Gayle. The tendency is the unresolved attitude concerning sexuality that the modern day church just cannot engage, especially modern day evangelicalism.
    I agree w/ what Ken said…The truth will set us free. The truth will also force us to talk about the nature of sexuality and what it really means. The binaries no longer work. The Gay/Straight binary doesn’t work, the conservative/liberal binary no longer works. What does work, however, is engaging our story w/ the larger story of what it means to be human, a faithful person, etc.

  • Frank Elliott

    Question—If Rev. Haggard were Episcopalian or one of the other Mainstream Modern Churches —would he now be on the fast track to a bishop’s position in the name of diversity.

    Question Since Rev. Haggard is an Evangelical with lifelong homosexual tendencies he’s seen as some sort of tragically flawed hero in a battle with immorality. He’s not demonized like the gay man down the street who lives a quiet life and hopes to find another man for companionship and mutual support in old age. He’s never seen meth or knowingly met a male prostitute, but you discount his experience and interests for a man who’s intimately familiar with both.

  • Frank Elliott


    The gay/straight dichotomy does indeed work for gay men and straight women too. It kept more than a few of the latter from contracting AIDS in ethnic groups that allow the dichotomy.

  • http://www.baptistnomad.com Robyn

    Frank, When I refer to binaries or dichotomies as it relates to sexuality, I am refering to the reality that constructing such dichotomies [i.e. "either/or"] present real problems in conversation. The “down low” phenomenon is alive and well, and unfortunately women who are married to men [in this case also refered to as "straight women"] are at risk. I know that the world at large functions out of these binaries [we see it in the media], but I think when the discussion of sexuality, economics, politics [as conceived as republican and democrat] simply don’t work.
    Also, your comments/question regard whether Haggard would be on his way to becoming bishop in the name of diversity is a good one, i think! Do we simply tokenize folks for their richness in color, sexual practice, ethnic heritage, etc?

  • jf

    Richard Dawkins interviewed Ted Haggard recently in 2006 as part of a British television documentary “The Root of All Evil”; the report is viewable at YouTube.com:


    The report gives some insight into “who really is Ted Haggard”. Towards the end, Haggard appears extraordinarily arrogant and bullying, and deceptive.

  • jf

    The British television documentary “The Root of All Evil” seems an appropriate comment on what has happened over the pasts four days in Colorado Springs. The full documentary can be viewed on YouTube.com, at the following links:

    The Root of All Evil – The God Delusion (Part 1 of 2)
    (48 minutes)

    The Root of All Evil – The Virus of Faith (Part 2 of 2)
    (43 minutes)

  • http://www.tmatt.net tmatt


    This is a classic. I go away from my computer for a couple of hours and the comment boards are hijacked by people with no interest in what this blog is all about. Thank you to those who commented on the media coverage. Will everyone who just wants to grind their sexuality axes please take those threads over to some blog on evangelical vs. gay wars? Please?

    I’ll have to start doing some spiking on this one….

  • Dave Vander Laan

    tmatt wrote:
    “It is likely that Colorado newsrooms will do everything they can to document the past.”

    I wonder if this will include Haggard’s theologival and seminary training. I ask because my seminar issued ‘certificates of fitness for ministry.’ If Ted has had this ‘problem’ for all of his adult life, perhaps – just perhaps – those folks at the seminary from which he was graduated would have noticed.

    By the way, I haven’t seen anything in media reports about Haggard’s theological/seminary training.

    Has anyone seen anything about that kind of ghost?

  • http://www.christianitytoday.com/ctmag/ Ted Olsen

    Terry wrote:

    I go away from my computer for a couple of hours and the comment boards are hijacked by people with no interest in what this blog is all about.

    Well, there’s a media story for you, Terry. I think I saw the post prominently linked on Google News earlier. So no doubt Google News will drive a fair bit of traffic from those unfamiliar with the aims of the blog.
    By the way, since your earlier post asked for articles that have more facts than others, be sure to check out Gorski’s latest in the Denver Post. Did no one else attend this press conference?:

    In a news conference after the service, the head of the oversight board, Pastor Larry Stockstill of Baton Rouge, La., told reporters that Haggard denied engaging in homosexual acts or being gay. Stockstill said Haggard’s admission that he received a massage from a gay man was enough grounds for the board to remove him.
    At the same time, Stockstill said the board found discrepancies in Haggard’s account. He did not go into detail.
    “(Haggard) is not in touch with truth and reality, and he readily admitted that,” Stockstill said.
    A separate pastoral board, still being formed, will work further with Haggard to explore his sexual issues in more depth, Stockstill said. That will include but won’t be limited to performing polygraph tests on Haggard and consulting with a clinical psychologist, he said.
    Stockstill said Haggard indicated that there were “warning signs” about his sexual desires early in his life. Stockstill said he is confident Haggard would regard homosexuality not as a predisposition, but a temptation to be fought.

    On the other note, I think Andy’s right about the lack of “comeback” possibility. But let’s get back to the subject of this blog–media. There’s this line in Haggard’s letter:

    I have further confused the situation with some of the things I’ve said during interviews with reporters who would catch me coming or going from my home. But I alone am responsible for the confusion caused by my inconsistent statements.

    Then there’s KUSA admitting that it wouldn’t have gone with the story in the first place if Haggard would have refused comment.
    And then you have Michael Medved claiming that the only reason that this is in the papers is because of liberal bias. “The purpose of the Haggard focus” in the media, he says, “is to remind everyone of Mark Foley, the media ‘Golden Oldie’ from a few weeks ago.” Yeah. Right. That’s why the crazy Lefties at GetReligion have run 11+ posts on this story.
    Anyway, yeah. 11+ posts. Too many on the Haggard details, not enough on religion ghosts and media coverage, in my opinion. But now let’s go. KUSA, KHOW, and KUSA all got their scoops. The Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette got their great stories. Who “got religion”?

  • YetAnotherRick

    Dave, Ted went to Oral Roberts, but that is hardly ever mentioned.

    Note to journalists: If you want a great background story of pastoral restoration, skip the usual suspects like Swaggert and google “Gordon McDonald.” He wrote “Ordering Your Private World,” and unfortunately had to follow it up with “Rebuilding Your Broken World.” It’s not as sensational as some other stories, but it’s a good look at an Evangelical who is much more representative of the world of Evangelicalism.

  • YetAnotherRick

    …speaking of whom:

    The Haggard Truth

    MacDonald has a bleak prediction for the future:
    “But my own sense is that the NAE (as we know it) will probably not recover from this awful moment.”

    One more thing – I also missed hints of a comeback.

  • Another View

    Surprisingly, nobody has mentioned faith as the means of attaining inner strength. A strong spiritual practice develops faith over time. Faith brings certainty. A man may then experience the “peace that passeth understanding.” In turn, the human condition becomes not a matter of politics or religion or sexuality, but a linkage among sentient beings. We all struggle to master our weakness. The ancient Greeks said “Know Thyself.“ To begin, Mr. Haggard, and others, too, must carefully distinguish between (1) his homosexuality with its associated drug-use, and (2) his betrayal of the trust of others and of himself. After all, Mr. Haggard may accept his own homosexual leanings, and others may, too, and he may put his drug-use behind him for good. Yet, how will this stained man recover his honor among men? More importantly, how may he face himself, for he must feel intense shame from his misdeeds and his shortfalls. As a Christian, however, Mr. Haggard has the words of Jesus to contemplate: “Fear not. Only believe.” These few words open the way to all the spiritual teachings by which Mr. Haggard may gain faith and truly heal himself.

  • http://benedictionblogson.com Bene D

    When the story started breaking there was genuine restraint on major democratic and gay blogs.

    One conservative blog had 21 posts on Kerry’s statement. Haggard was barely on the radar.

    21! I’d hardly call that balance from Republicans.

    I don’t want to know details of Haggard’s sins, he’s an adult, and media dissection isn’t going to assist in his healing.
    He’ll come out worse for wear if he is stuck in a reparative therapy program by his ‘overseerers.’

    Salon had a good piece on today’s events.
    Gay blogs are now more angry and articulate about the lying, self denial and reaction formation and the gay bashing than Haggard’s ‘sexual immorality.’

    We’re coming into a fresh news cycles, I think this story is going to die down in traditional media and go more into poltical analysis. Jeff Sharlet at The Revealer revisits at his Harper piece.

    A year ago Haggard wrote a diet book, and struggled to keep his weight steady. I wonder if the meth had something to do in his mind with keeping down the weight gain. He also began to exercise bordering on the extreme.

    I’m not sure Ted Olsen’s predictions will bear out, we’ll see.

  • http://www.christianitytoday.com/ctmag/ Ted Olsen

    As Andy Crouch pointed out–it’s not my prediction. I had a longer response here that for some reason didn’t make it through, but it was on media coverage and questions. It’s too busy a morning for me to rewrite it, but I do hope that we can soon start talking on this blog less about the Haggard specifics and more about who in the media “got religion” on this story.

  • Alison

    I listened to a brief interview between Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America and Joyce Meyer. One question that showed clearly that Diane Sawyer doesn’t “get religion” is when she asked if this would force Evangelicals to reconsider their position on gay marriage.

  • Faith

    This story mirrors another that I know. A man struggles with drugs and confusion over his sexual orientation. This man, married with a child, eventually commits suicide. Why? His first sexual experience was as a child, being raped by a man. Am I gay or am I straight was the eternal question.

    None of us know the skeletons this man may have in his closet. Mercy and compassion should be the primary actions.