Hypocrisy vs. Failure: Ted Haggard, analyzed in the abstract
After Jeff's recent post about Haggard's problem being hypocrisy, not the flesh, I ran the issue by some local compadres.
Most of them immediately agreed with Jeff.
However, I then posed this hypothetical to them: suppose you knew that your pastor had at some point in the last year done something he wished he hadn't done: he'd looked at pornography. Should he then never say from his pulpit that you shouldn't look at pornography?
There's a difference between hypocrisy and failure; and Christianity has built into it a certain degree of failure on the part of its adherents.
However, another person brought up the need for transparency or honest, saying this is what would save someone from hypocrisy. 'It's one thing to fail to live up to your own ideals, it's another thing to imply that you are living up to them, when really you are not.'
So that's what I'm about: failure with transparency.
I'm not familiar with Haggard's work, but I suspect that his preaching implied that he himself wasn't indulging in sexual immorality, so that was probably hypocrisy.