Apologies to my readers for taking so long to post – I’ve had a busy summer that’s only now starting to wind down (but still a while to go!). Regardless, one particular event has occurred that’s really shaken quite a few people within the Christian community: Ray Boltz, the singer behind such classics as “Thank You,” and “I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb” has come out as a gay man.
Boltz, 55, told his story to the Washington Blade this week. The article tells a story that’s all too familiar to many of us who have struggled with the same issues:
Ostensibly it was an innocuous thing to do, but for Boltz it was a big step. It eventually led to him opening up to Miner, one of the first times anybody outside Boltz’s circle of family and friends knew his long-kept secret: Ray Boltz is gay.
“I didn’t make a big deal of it,” Boltz says during a 90-minute phone interview from his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. “But I was trembling. I’d kind of had two identities since I moved to Florida where I kind of had this other life and I’d never merged the two lives. This was the first time I was taking my old life as Ray Boltz, the gospel singer, and merging it with my new life. Emotionally it was kind of a big deal to think about that.”
Ray Boltz was tired of living a lie.
The reaction was swift as it was decisive. Those of us who are also gay Christians have celebrated his announcement as yet another example of the reality that so many of us are indeed Christian and gay. For many, though, his announcement is one of sadness.One News Now described it as such:
There is shock and sadness in the Christian community over word that famed Christian music singer Ray Boltz has publicly announced he’s living a homosexual lifestyle…
This is standard practice for anti-gay rhetoric, which is unfortunate. He’s “living a homosexual lifestyle,” the article says. Forgive my rant, but can someone please tell me just what the hell a “homosexual lifestyle” is? I’m still waiting for someone to describe such a “lifestyle” to me, because if there really is such a thing, I never got that memo.
Okay, enough ranting.
I stand with Mr. Boltz’ in his desire to be open about who he is – in all parts of his life. While many of my peers and friends might disagree, one thing is clear. Boltz’ courage in coming out on his own – after such a profound career – is one for the books, and is just another example of just how incredible life really is… thank God for His complete and everlasting love and grace!