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God, lust, politics, peril – from one who has lived it and failed and learned

Twenty years ago Rev. Gordon MacDonald “fell” when the leader of a large church. His sin was adultery. In commenting on Ted Haggard’s story in one of Christianity’s Today’s blogs he writes:

Ever since the beginning of the Bush administration, I have worried over the tendency of certain Evangelical personalities to go public every time they visited the White House or had a phone conference with an administration official. I know it has wonderful fund-raising capabilities. And I know the temptation to ego-expansion when one feels that he has the ear of the President. But the result is that we are now part of an evangelical movement that is greatly compromised….identified in the eyes of the public as deep in the hip pockets of the Republican party and administration. My own belief? Our movement has been used. There are hints that the movement—once cobbled together by Billy Graham and Harold Ockenga—is beginning to fragment because it is more identified by a political agenda that seems to be failing and less identified by a commitment to Jesus and his kingdom. Like it or not, we are pictured as those who support war, torture, and a go-it-alone (bullying) posture in international relationships. Any of us who travel internationally have tasted the global hostility toward our government and the suspicion that our President’s policies reflect the real tenants of Evangelical faith. And I might add that there is considerable disillusionment on the part of many of our Christian brothers/sisters in other countries who are mystified as to where American evangelicals are in all of this. Our movement may have its Supreme Court appointments, but it may also have compromised its historic center of Biblical faith. Is it time to let the larger public know that some larger-than-life evangelical personalities with radio and TV shows do not speak for all of us?

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posted November 7, 2006 at 1:11 pm

That’s a really great article he wrote. I circulated it last night. Really good points and observations.

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posted November 7, 2006 at 1:52 pm

The overwhelming compassion and support that fundamentalists are offering Haggard is a mirror image of the compassion and support they offered Clinton. Reverend MacDonald, how could it ever occur to you that fundamentalists identify more with a political agenda than a commitment to Jesus’ teachings?

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posted November 7, 2006 at 3:32 pm

Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world. Yet, to look at evangelicals’ political involvement and sometimes even their ministries, you would wonder. Huge posh church campuses and Tony Robbins style preaching would leave the unitiated scratching their head wondering about the connection to Jesus’ teaching. Then you throw in outrageous remarks by Falwell and Robertson and those outside the evangelical subculture are sure that we are misguided whackos.Too bad that we (followers of Christ) have allowed good words like evangelical, church, and Christian to become bad words. The Bible speaks about judgment beginning at the house of God.

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