I attend a Lutheran congregation in north Minneapolis, one that belongs to the church body I work for. It’s large but not huge. The senior pastor has made himself visible in the media for a number of years as a critic of the liberal church, and of modern trends such as universalism, women’s ordination, higher criticism of the Bible, and the normalization of homosexuality. He is a single man.
Last night, while watching local news on television, I discovered that he’d been “outed” as a homosexual.
He was not discovered in a “gay” bar. He was not discovered having sex with another man in a public rest room. According to the news accounts I’ve seen (emanating from liberal sources) he was discovered attending a support and accountability group in a Roman Catholic church. He was speaking honestly, to men he trusted, about his struggles, slips, and temptations.
Read the whole thing here – really, do. The reporter invaded this pastor’s support group in order to expose the man as he chastely wrestled with his unwelcomed desires.
Which sparks my scientific curiosity, raising questions for future research. For instance, how does this reporter live with himself? Is moral self-blindness like his born or do you have to create it in a lab? And who assigned the story and how does he shave now that he can’t look at himself in the mirror? Inquiring minds want to know.
Listen, anyone who happens to care knows that I see nothing wrong or sinful in loving homosexual relationships. But I respect those who do see it as sin, as long as they’re not directing hatred at persons but merely declaring their interpretation of scripture and tradition in relation to actions.
Now here’s a man – a pastor – in the incredibly painful position of believing his own desires to be sinful per se. With courage and integrity, he preaches that belief and deals with his own suffering by turning for support in private to like-minded peers. A reporter who enters that meeting (and according to Walker, the journo agreed to the group’s confidentiality rules) and then exposes this pastor’s private life, is committing an act of pure, unvarnished hatred unacceptable to any side in this argument. He should be fired, along with the editor who assigned the story and anyone who approved it. Shame on them. It absolutely stinks.