“If I left Ted, my life would be illustrating that some people mess up too badly to be redeemed and that some people are lost causes. And I don’t believe that. I don’t believe in throwing people away because they’ve sinned”
Mark Galli quotes Martin Luther as saying that ‘a Christian is at once and the same time a sinner and a righteous person. He is a sinner in fact, but a righteous person by the sure reckoning and promise of God that he will continue to deliver him from sin until he has completely cured him. And so he is totally healthy in hope, but a sinner in fact. He has the beginning of righteousness, and so always continues more and more to seek it, while realizing that he is always unrighteous.’ If we live in this hope…we will not be puzzled or despondent when our public heroes fall or church disappoints or our own lives are as wretched as Paul’s. Instead, we’ll join him in saying, ‘thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! There is therefore now no condemnation (not from God, not from ourselves! for those who are in Christ Jesus.’
Reading this book provokes two thoughts in me:
1. The gospel was made for people like Ted Haggard and me.
2. We must pray desperately that when our friends fail and our leaders sin we have the grace to greet their repentance with the same love and mercy that we ourselves have received.