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.
In other words, he was doing precisely what people on our side of
the argument say a man in his situation ought to do. He is the very
opposite of a hypocrite.
On the basis of the accounts I've read, the “journalist” who
produced the story infiltrated this accountability group, lied about his
purposes, and then broke the promise of confidentiality he made to get
The television story pretended to be a high-minded think piece about
whether it's ever appropriate to “out” someone against their wishes.
I don't believe that was the real purpose of the story. I believe it
was to splash my pastor's picture all over TV screens in our state,
with a metaphorical scarlet letter on his chest.
My pastor has my full support, and my prayers. God bless him, and
all godly men in his situation.