Discussion Thread: A Reverend Falls You Probably Never Heard Of–Is it Because the Outcome was Different?
This is the Denver Post story on the Reverend Paul Barnes.
You probably never heard of him. You probably would be surprised to learn that last year he, too, was the pastor of a megachurch and he, too, was discovered to have ongoing sexual relations with men.
Unlike the Haggard situation, I have infinite respect not only for this man and how he handled himself, but for how the church responded. I wonder: is this the reason that this man was spared such savage media scrutiny? Was grace and mercy and humility and repentance not newsworthy enough?
Note at the end of the article the question the church member close to Barnes asked himself. Then ask it of yourself. Could someone who is suffering with this dilemma come talk to you?
I’ve thought long and hard lately about men who are caught in situations not entirely of their own making, growing up in a much, much different social and spiritual climate than we have today, and I’ve developed a new respect for them and even more gratitude for God’s grace, which saved these men by being a steady rock to hold onto in the middle of the raging storm. Something to remember when the storms surround me.
Seriously, what do you think? Talk to me.