Thursday brought us Watchdog coverage of the drive to strip him of his anonymity.
You may recall that Watchdog aggressively blogged First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla.'s, policies and repressive governance, especially the pastor's accumulation of power. The deacons adopted a resolution directed at him and it was approved in a vote by the congregation [video] -- after he was no longer a member there. Etc.
BaptistLife.com site administrator William Thornton observed that FBC Jacksonville conducted a "public flogging of a former member" -- a process which sounds "less Biblical than it does medieval." [Amen to that.]
We did not celebrate the earlier caesura in self-expression about matters which at every step have appeared to be legitimate public concerns. It is good to see the hard questions asked now about privacy, conflict of interest and (still) church governance. Such public debate can be redemptive by revealing the truth.