Pray for them. A reader writes:
I am appalled by the hypocrisy of Haggard's behavior and his "story." But I am deeply moved by the pain his behavior has caused the innocent people in his life.
His wife and five children must be in excruciating pain as they watch their husband and father publicly disgraced in this manner. I am truly concerned about more collateral damage to his family stemming from his behavior and the media coverage.
Christians often use the phrase, "What would Jesus do?" I know for certain that Jesus would be putting His arms around Haggard's wife and children as He healed their broken hearts.
Yes he would. And we should pray for them. But it is also important to remember that this is what the closet does: it is a dagger aimed at the heart of the family. It has wrecked so many marriages, destroyed so many families, traumatized so many kids. It must end. I should add I feel for Haggard. I'm not excusing him; but he too is in pain right now. He was politically more moderate than Dobson and probably somewhere in his psyche he was trying to do the right thing.
But he was lost. And he needs our prayers.
After compassion, there must be an accounting, and a deep one. In my view, the entire Christianist project that Haggard helped build must also be torn down. Christianity must be taken back from these power-grabbers and fear-mongers. Just as true conservatism must be rescued from this White House and Congress.