I first heard about the public apology from various Christian posts on Facebook, so as Facebook goes, I had no idea what was true and what was not.
There are many parts to the apology that I have to agree with. The Church should never have condoned members shouting “sodomite” at anyone who was gay. The Church should never have persecuted people because they are gay. The Church should never have condoned the bullying of people that some of its members could not understand. People have died over the “love” that some members of the Church have shown to the LGBTQ community.
“Never in a million years would I intentionally hurt another person. Yet, here I sit having hurt so many by failing to acknowledge the pain some affiliated with Exodus International caused, and by failing to share the whole truth about my own story. My good intentions matter very little and fail to diminish the pain and hurt others have experienced on my watch. The good that we have done at Exodus is overshadowed by all of this.” – Alan Chambers
All who are Christians should embrace this part of the public apology and let that guide them in all future actions.
“More than anything, I am sorry that so many have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God’s rejection. I am profoundly sorry that many have walked away from their faith and that some have chosen to end their lives. For the rest of my life I will proclaim nothing but the whole truth of the Gospel, one of grace, mercy and open invitation to all to enter into an inseverable relationship with almighty God.” – Alan Chambers
I differ on the notion of “inseverable”, but the message that we need to start out with is that of grace, mercy and the open invitation to all to begin a relationship with the Living God.