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What do You Call an Empire?

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Monday night, my local news aired an interview with Mike Jones, the male escort now infamous for his exposure of Ted Haggard.  Though the interview aired a full seven months after the actual incident, Jones has a new book out, which I guess justifies the air time. 

We can debate the merits of Jones’s principles (?) another time, but I wanted to take a minute to dissect one of Jones’s remarks. 

“I simply wanted to expose this man,” Jones says.  “I didn’t want to tear his whole empire down, that was not my intention.”

Why do people think that Christians live under theocratic imperialism?  Every Christian leader with a committee that earns time on television suddenly gains an empire.  I do not remember ever having to pay taxes to Haggard, nor do I remember ever seeing his face on my currency.  I do not bow to his statue upon entering my church and he has never appeared before me in spectral or holographic form to ask me to destroy Luke Skywalker. 

The phraseology baffles me.  Especially when you consider that, upon investigation, New Life Church has seen almost no drop in attendance since Haggard was ousted.  If there is an empire that has crumbled, I would like a look at its pieces please. 


Written by taj

June 20, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Posted in Questions, Television

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  1. Matters of Christian charity in my words aside, Mike Jones is an idiot. I remember he said he never wanted to hurt his family or his church, he just wanted to expose Haggard as a sick hypocrite.

    He wanted Haggard to go down, but he didn’t want Haggard’s family or church to be harmed, or the city of Colorado Springs, or anybody remotely influenced by Ted Haggard (which is a circle much larger than New Life or Colorado Springs, by the way).

    What did he think would happen?

    Not to say Ted Haggard shouldn’t have been exposed, but the idea that such a separation could be made in Jones’ mind reveals his own (and our culture’s) badly mistaken idea that our sins affect only ourselves.


    June 20, 2007 at 4:18 pm

  2. Praise God that New Life Church is counting on God during this period. Clearly the church wasn’t in the best place, with lack of accountability and more than hints of pride.

    Now New Life is learning more about honesty, watching for warning signs of egregious sin (though “all have sinned” we know), and looking to God’s Word for the next steps. Really the church’s focus currently is a “summer of service” where we’ll be helping folks in Colorado Springs who need a hand.

    Praise the Lord for His grace, including with Ted & family in Phoenix.


    June 23, 2007 at 1:53 pm

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