In the link above, there is a short article about Ted Haggard – yes, the former pastor who got caught up in a major sex scandal.
Apparently, he has partnered with Nancy Pelosi’s daughter to promote a new film entitled, The Trials of Ted Haggard.
If you are anything like me, you will be quick to dismiss this as yet another “pastor” looking out for number one (himself) and not the cause of the kingdom. Maybe I’m being reactionary, but that’s another conversation.
What’s interesting about this article is the following. According to Alexandra Pelosi, this documentary is really about Haggard’s former church. One of the main themes is forgiveness, or in this case, the lack thereof.
Read what she says – maybe it will hit you as hard as it hit me.
And though some might assume that the film is critical of Haggard, Pelosi says
that the movie is really about his church. “The story is about a church
that preaches forgiveness. He, as a pastor, preached forgiveness and
redemption. But he was not forgiven and he was not redeemed. They cast
him out and they exiled him. It was very biblical in a way. Not that I
even read the Bible, so I wouldn’t know. But the people who go to
church get told every Sunday, `We forgive.’ He was not forgiven. That,
to me, is what is interesting about it.”
Ironic, isn’t it? After this guy cheats on his wife, his congregation, and the Lord he serves, the church is once again painted as the bad guy. Not that I necessarily endorse publicly exiling him — I don’t know enough about the situation to make an informed comment about that — but I almost can’t stomach Pelosi’s overt hostility.
Maybe this film will prove to be interesting and unbiased. I hope so, and maybe this will be one of those films I actually take the time to see.