Twice in the last week I have turned on the television to see once prominent television evangelists who had great moral failures and have now returned to preaching (and begging for money). One of these characters was guilty of stealing millions of dollars from contributors and having an extra-marital affair with a co-worker. The other confessed to having frequent trysts with prostitutes.
Now I hear that Ted Haggard is starting a church. What was originally only a Bible study that met in his home is now organizing into a church with him serving as Pastor. It seems like only yesterday his face, and that of his distraught and embarrassed family, was plastered across the television news for having been discovered having sexual relations with a male prostitute (and sharing his drugs).
I believe in redemption, but it seems that there are all to many people who confuse restoration with reinstatement. Forgiveness does not mean that someone should return to their previous position or a similar one.
What do you think?