In a 2017 USA Today op-ed, journalist Jonathan Merritt, who has distinguished himself by persistently undermining the authority of Scripture while wearing the name of Jesus, fretted over a potential Christian boycott of Disney and its LGBT activism. He wrote:
It risks making Christians look like antiquated bigots, and it reeks of moral hypocrisy. Worse, it diverts energy from a more worthwhile effort: teaching Christian children to coexist in a pluralistic society.
Make no mistake, even a casual survey of Merritt's own writing archive reveals that "making Christians look like antiquated bigots" has become not only a favored personal pastime for the LGBT activist and self-identified Christian author, it has also endeared him to an anti-Christian media culture that has been more than willing to line his pockets with riches exceeding 30 pieces of silver.
Examples abound, like his uncharitable and cruel belittling of believers in a 2019 Washington Post piece. But in recent days, Merritt inadvertently undermined his own efforts by exposing in glaring detail just where the "moral hypocrisy" lies:
While it is peripherally satisfying that the tweet received the condemning ratio it deserved, there's a far more important point to be made here. For years, Merritt and other so-called LGBT believers have smeared those who submit to biblical authority on matters of sexuality as hateful, discriminatory, "antiquated bigots." They have irresponsibly, yet intentionally equated sexual and romantic attraction with personal identity for the sole purpose of declaring disapproval of the former a malicious attack on the latter.
When Christian bakers willfully and happily serve gay clients but demur at the thought of customizing a message that violates orthodox Christian doctrine, these activists have unjustly tarred and feathered those believers as "anti-gay."
The same was seen on a slightly larger scale when Chick-fil-A, a company that had served, employed, and provided good wages and benefits to gay people for years became the target of an international LGBT boycott when the restaurant's owner attested to his company's biblical fidelity.
Somehow it seemed to evade our objective media's attention, but notice it wasn't Chick-fil-A and their supporters refusing to do business with LGBT people. It was the LGBT political movement demanding no one do business with a Christian company. Tell me again, who were the bigots?
And now, Merritt has perhaps unintentionally drawn attention to an even more flagrant example. In the midst of a global pandemic, where the governor of New York has publicly begged healthcare workers from around the country to come give help to the overworked and exhausted doctors and nurses of his state, a global, overtly Christian humanitarian relief organization answered the call by setting up a makeshift field hospital in Central Park to care for the city's sick.
But because the group, Samaritan's Purse, holds orthodox Christian views, LGBT activists like Merritt and Mayor de Blasio are objecting to their presence. And they are far from alone.
Given that these activists routinely traffic in absolutes like love and hate, let's oblige them in evaluating what's happening here.
On one side you have Christian volunteers not only seeking to save lives of sick people, many of whom may have lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender orientations, but they are willing to risk their own lives to do so. And on the other you have progressive culture warriors elevating political considerations and intersectionality dogma over the physical needs of suffering citizens. Which side is demonstrating love for those with whom they may disagree, and which side seems to be preoccupied with an unconcealable hatred for those who believe differently than they do, so much so that they are willing to risk the lives of others?
In 2017 Jonathan Merritt arrogantly lectured Bible-believing Christians on peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic society. In 2020 as those Christians are risking their own lives to love and care for others, he has fittingly exposed the moral hypocrisy and antiquated bigotry of his own tribe.