(Unless we have a clear word from God to the contrary – and few of can really claim that) we do need to be wary, but not condematory. Time will tell if his motives are honourable.
Some people with a clear preaching gift simply can’t help themself – they just HAVE to preach. It’s an imperative which drives them. And that means they just have to seek out, or accept, any pulpit opportunity. Most of us would know pastors who go on holidays, then readily accept an invitation from their colleague at their holiday town to “do the sermon on Sunday”.
Some may be driven by the sense of power of heading a church or Christian ministry.
But, some have a Job-like experience, then God brings them back into ministry – humbled and chastened.
For me, it would have to be a very strong motivation &/or divine calling to “swallow my pride” and re-enter a public ministry . . . if I’d been through the public humiliation he’s been through.
The Christian culture and public psyche in USA is somewhat different to that here in Australia.
It will indeed be interesting to hear what transpires for Ted Haggard in the years ahead. I would like to think that – if God is in it – it will prosper. If not, if it’s just of man, it will quickly wither. Let’s pray for the best and that no-one gets hurt along the way . . . which ever way it turns out.