What would jesus do if one of his apostles was nabbed for lustful behavior? Why he would encourage the rest of the apostles to secretly turn in their colleagues for similar behavior, of course.
In the wake of the scandal caused by hidden sexuality of its former head pastor, Ted Haggard, that’s exactly what the leadership of New Life Church in Colorado did. They encouraged church members to secretly inform on other closeted gays on the staff. The Soviet-style turn-in-your-neighbors pogrom has already produced results, with the announcement of the resignation of an associate pastor:
Christopher Beard, who headed a ministry the New Life Church that trained young adults in leadership skills, has stepped down after admitting to an incident of sexual misconduct several years ago and a series of decisions displaying poor judgment.
Church elders declined to disclose what the sexual misconduct involved, except to say it did not involve minors…
Fearing another potential scandal that could destroy the 14,000 member church elders asked parishioners for information about the “spiritual character” of other church staff and leaders.
Members are urged to fill out a form on the church’s Web site that goes to a panel of four pastors from other churches that have agreed to help New Life weed out problem people.
Associate pastor Rob Brendle denies it is a witch hunt but says “we want to give people who feel they have relevant information access to people in authority.”
Loving and accepting these men for who they are, as God made them, without judging them, apparently never crossed these Christians’ minds.
Just think: If Jesus had encouraged his apostles to rat each other out, perhaps he would have gotten wind of Judas’ scheme to turn him over to the Romans, and he could have avoided the whole cruxifixion, ascending-into-heaven thing.