…that never hit the headlines.
Mike Jones, the male prostitute who revealed the “secret” side of Pastor Ted Haggard’s life, visited Pastor Haggard’s former church on Sunday. According to the few media accounts available, Jones said that several people came up to him, shook his hand and said, “God bless you.”
The associate pastor at New Life, Rob Brendle saw Jones in the lobby, approached him and said, “I don’t want to impose my religious beliefs on you, but I believe God used you to correct us, and I appreciate that.”
Brendle went on to say. “The church’s response to him was overwhelmingly warm. One of the wonderful and enduring truths of Christianity is to love people the world sets up to be your enemies.”
It is too bad the story wasn’t spread far and wide. Some will say it is a ‘media conspiracy.’ I think that is too simple. The broader truth is that our news and our world doesn’t really know what to do with good news…whether it is good news like this story or the Good News that matters most.