Wednesday, November 08, 2006

h and h

It is such an apt image: 'fallen' ... stumbling, grazing, bruising, hurting, slipping.

The 'evangelical' world in the USA has been shocked in this past week by the fall of one of its leaders(Ted Haggard). It is tragic - particularly for his wife and his children. The last time this happened with someone of such profile was probably twenty years ago and a guy called Gordon McDonald. He has written an intriguing reflection on this recent fall ... take some time over it!

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/11/the_haggard_tru.html

As I read McDonald's comments I am reminded again that while the 100% fire-proofing of our lives from a 'falling' incident might be impossible ("but for the grace of God, go I" - as they say), the asymptote of our lives can get pretty close to touching that horizontal axis by pleading with God to graft two qualities into our characters: humility and holiness. It is the prayer worth praying. It is the life worth living.


But for a change of theme, you might also like to consider
www.lahr-nsw.de/flash/indiansimpson.swf


nice chatting

Paul

1 comment:

Andrew Butcher said...

Thanks Paul. There is a follow up article in Christianity Today (where the MacDonald article first appeared) on restoration, which is also very good http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/11/signs_of_a_rest.html

The tragic thing about this episode is that Haggard isn't the first and won't be the last. There is a huge amount of commentary on this episode on the Web, but I think maybe the best approach is silent humble reflection on Christ's words "let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Haggard's sins are more public than most of ours, but all of us - without exception, whether evangelical leader or not - are sinners in need of the grace of God.