Christian Blogger Proudly Trumpets Her New Lesbian Relationship
Normally, the dating lives of writers don't make headlines that much, because trust me, we can be pretty boring people sometimes. And the personal lives of people within the Christian culture don't make headlines until something scandalous happens—or until they publicly trumpet ideas and behaviors that fly in the face of Christianity, in which case the media hold them up as the ultimate in Christian celebrity.
The latter scenario is the case of Glennon Doyle Melton, someone you probably haven't heard of unless you paid attention to the recent headlines that she has emerged from her divorce to embrace lesbianism. Melton, who blogs at a site called Momastery, recently announced with great glee on her Facebook page that she is now dating soccer star Abby Wambach. From the Washington Post:
“Oh my God, she is so good to me. She loves me for all the things I’ve always wanted to be loved for. She’s just my favorite. My person,” wrote Melton, best known for her 2014 New York Times bestseller “Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life” and 2016 memoir “Love Warrior,” an Oprah Book Club pick.
Not to sound terribly nitpicky or legalistic, but someone who falls in line with Christian orthodoxy isn't going to lead off a public declaration by taking the Lord's name in vain. And for one of her books to be "an Oprah Book Club pick" and to boast of glowing quotes from former pastor Rob Bell (who fell outside of mainstream Christian circles when he wrote a book denying the nearly universal orthodox Christian doctrine of hell) and Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert doesn't exactly fit the resume of someone who subscribes to mainstream Christianity.
The Washington Post piece goes out its way to note that Melton "has reiterated for years her position affirming that same-sex marriage is not sinful and celebrating love in various forms," a telltale sign to anyone (with the possible exception of the Post) that the author's views are more liberal than that of most believers.
In fact, Melton has followed Gilbert into fashionable lesbianism; Gilbert herself announced her own girl-on-girl relationship in September, right around the same time Melton's marriage ended. The Post details the friendship between Melton and Gilbert:
Gilbert and Melton met for the first time last fall, but Melton has long admired and been inspired by Gilbert. “For the past decade she has been a minister to me,” she said.
Note that Gilbert is not a Christian, though we're led to believe that Melton is some sort of mainstream Christian hero. Yet Gilbert has "been a minister" to Melton? It just doesn't add up.