If you’re defending Eugene Peterson, you’re engaging in idol worship. Either you don’t want to face the disappointment that comes with your demagogue having tarnish, or you don’t believe the LGBTQ community deserves equality. Jesus went to the outcasts on the margins and outraged the religious establishment and his true followers will do the same.

To say that Eugene is a great guy and to point out what he has done that resonated for you is to sell your brothers and sisters up the river so that you can maintain an illusion that makes you comfortable. You’re not using your straight privilege to enter the trenches to fight for the marginalized, you’re wrapping yourself in it and pushing them away and causing them to suffer more deeply for the sake of your comfort. How are you any different from slavetraders?