First, let's discuss Ted Haggard. He's the head pastor of New Life Church, which sits just across the way from where I work. This is a monster church, boasting 14,000 members. Not only that, but he is (or at least was) the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals. Very high profile.
Then on Wednesday a male escort accused Ted of paying him for sex over the last three years. Gulp.
The interesting part of this story to me isn't another Christian leader under fire. It's actually about time all the sexual misdeed allegations started landing on Protestants too. No, the thing that gets me is the timing. Next Tuesday, Colorado will be voting on an amendment to the state constitution that denotes marriage as being between one man and one woman. There has been a lot of hulabaloo over this recently.
Don't you think it's odd that these accusations come out now?
One week is not enough time to seek out the truth of this matter. Call me sinister, but I think somebody pulled the trigger on this right now because they know that it'll still be hanging over peoples' heads come voting time. It's like that book, Tempting Faith, it was supposed to come out early next year. But oh, woops, let's push that up to come out mid-October. Political schemers, I tell you...
If these allegations are true, then this will obviously be a big scandal and really I don't know what will happen then. But if these allegations are completely baseless, it marks a new low for American politics.
Second, I went and saw Coronado High School take on Widefield High School last night. One of the guys in the high school Bible study I co-lead plays for Coronado.
The Cougars dug deep and came up with a gutsy performance to edge Widefield 17-9. It was pretty fun. I enjoy high school football much more when I know I'm not running into anybody I know and I can just bring my iPod and camera. There's something about freezing your nips off on some metal bleachers that just feels nice. I can't explain it. Go Cougars!