how will ODMs handle the Ted Haggard documentary?

December 21, 2008

The story of the upcoming Alexandra Pelosi documentary on Ted Haggard has already merited comment from at least one ODM; Ingrid Schlueter took the opportunity to condemn Haggard and HBO, focusing on Haggard’s sin and on HBO’s complicity in making Haggard’s behavior seem normal.

Today Mollie Ziegler at GetReligion notes a misuse of the word “excommunicate” and refers to a Fox News story that refers to Haggard’s legal relationship with the board at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. The article focuses on Haggard’s dismissal, severance package, and the ongoing effort by New Life and its new pastor Brady Boyd to “move forward.”

I for one wonder whether the ODMs will continue to focus on the sordid details of Haggard’s sin, rather than any efforts to restore him to fellowship. I don’t expect Fox News to focus on issues of church discipline; they might reasonably view a church as just another non-profit organization. But I might expect more from people who stand guard against heterodoxy.

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