While many become haggard looking for hope, former pastor and president of the National Association of Evangelicals reminds us just how deceitful and hopeless sin can be.
Ted Haggard was on Oprah this week talking about his therapy, but probably mostly selling his HBO movie.
He talked of some experience as a child that he never thought of as sexual abuse but when he casually mentioned to his therapist that he was still wetting the bed and wetting his pants in the sixth grade, the therapist thought some more exploration was necessary. Apparently this experience is at least part of the cause of Haggard's homosexual struggles.
I didn't listen enough to get the full story, but in the short part I listened to, I was reminded of just how deceitful sin can be.
At the moment Haggard attached his homosexual struggles to an event that happened forty years earlier, he lost his hope. You see, out of everything that Haggard can change, his past is not one of them.
Once we believe that our behavior is caused by past experiences, we have no hope of future change. Why? Because the past will never change.
Only when Haggard realizes that his homosexual dalliances were caused solely by his wicked heart searching for satisfaction apart from God can he find hope for change.
In biblical discipleship, we must refuse to allow people to blame the past for present actions. It removes the ground of hope.
Only when we place our problems in our wicked hearts can we find hope, because Jesus died to purchase our salvation and change our heart.
The only thing from the past that will help me find change is the cross of Christ. If you are going to focus on the past, at least go back to the part of the past that can actually help you.