Christianity Johnson on 13 Nov 2008 02:46 am
ABC News is reporting on the return of Ted Haggard to public life:
Here is what we learn about “God” from the interview.
In the interview, Haggard blames his transgressions on a sexual encounter he had with a man (one of his father’s workers) at age 7. So this is the first thing: We have the image of God sitting in heaven, watching a 7-year-old boy get raped, and doing nothing to stop it. This of course is completely normal behavior for God (note the tens of thousands of children whole will die of starvation today), but it is still disgusting.
Haggard then talks about his Christian status at the time of his transgressions:
“There I was, 50 years old, a conservative Republican, loving the word of God, an evangelical, born-again, spirit-filled, charismatic, all those things”
So: You are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are born-again in Jesus, you are reading and “loving the word of God”, you are presumably praying constantly for God’s guidance, you have a wife and children, you are the head of a giant congregation led, presumably, by God, you are surrounded by god-filled conservative Republicans… and yet somehow you still decide it would be a good idea to do Meth and have sex with a gay prostitute. If God is real, why didn’t the spirit-filling, born-againing, praying and Christian-surrounding guide your thoughts, rather than the “sin”? Why didn’t God’s “guidance” plus the fear of Hell plus the pain you would bring to yourself, your family, your career, your church and your religion plus the advice from and association with your peers overpower the sin?
It is because God actually planned for Haggard to sin! Here is how Haggard puts it:
“I believe that he [God] gives us opportunities every couple of years to communicate the gospel worldwide through secular media and we consistently blow it,” he said. “A congressman in trouble, that’s the time. A family member gets himself in horrible trouble, that’s the time. A preacher gets himself in awful trouble, that’s the time.”
Yes, God planned to use Haggard’s sin to “communicate the gospel worldwide through secular media”. But Christians are too stupid to understand God’s plan, so they “consistently blow it.”
What a very, very strange god. If he were to exist, why would anyone worship this being?