If you don’t know him, Jonathan Merritt is a nationally respected writer and news personality. He’s written two books, Green Like God and A Faith of Our Own, and has written for USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BeliefNet, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com. As Ed Stetzer reported:
Recently, after Jonathan, in a piece written for The Atlantic, defended Chick-fil-A against a potential boycott by gay activists, a “gay evangelical” blogger claimed he had evidence Jonathan himself was gay. In the parlance the effort was to “out him.” Merritt’s defense of Chick-fil-A had already exploded in the LGBT blogosphere, but this enflamed the issue as many sought to discredit Jonathan after he dared to defend Chick-fil-A.
Stetzer then posted a great interview with Mr. Merritt, discussing this accusation and related matters. Stetzer asks:
1. A blogger alleges that you have not been transparent, honest or authentic about who you are because of your religious affiliation. Tell us about the situation.
2. What happened after this?
3. How has this experience shaped you?
4. How has your church leadership responded, and what is their response now?
5. What kind of response have you received since this blog posted?
Merritt’s responses display an admirable and courageous degree of transparency, humility, and resolution in the fight for personal holiness. I agree with Justin Taylor that we will probably see more of this in the days to come: Christian leaders struggling with same-sex attraction. May God give them (and us) the grace to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (II Tim. 4:7).