Friday, 12/19/08

From Cory: on Ted Haggard and Being a Loser

Cory gave me permission to republish his blog post found here from his blog, This is Cory. Good stuff.
Only The Losers Win

on 19 December 2008 tagged church

Ted Haggard, who resigned/was fired as pastor of New Life Church and the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, is the subject a documentary airing later this month on HBO, entitled “The Trials of Ted Haggard.” Haggard, who was caught up in a scandal involving drugs and a male prostitute, and is now selling insurance, says about himself: “At this stage in my life, I am a loser.”

I don’t know the context of the quote–and I don’t know if it matters. What is poignant is that he seemed to imply there was a time when he wasn’t a loser.

Hear me out. I’m not trying to get down on Ted Haggard, nor do I mean to discredit him. But much of what we say and do as a Church seems to stem from the mentality that you and I are capable of being winners. We sometimes teach, preach, politicize, and promote good behavior to the extent that we impair the declaration that God loves and accepts us in spite of our bad behavior. We hurt others, hurt ourselves, and distort the gospel when we imply that, even at one time, we had anything to offer God. If we could win, and not lose, then Jesus would just be a fun guy to have at parties, and not a Savior.

I leave you, Pastor Haggard, with the opening lyrics of Switchfoot’s The Loser:

Only the losers win
they’ve got nothing to prove.
They’ll leave the world with nothing to lose.
You can laugh at the weirdos now,
wait till wrongs are right
They’ll be the ones with nothing to hide.


Brian wrote:

Amen, Cory. Although being a "loser" is nothing to strive for, it is a great reminder that we cannot "win" without Christ; born a loser to save losers from losing.

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