This is just what it sounds like, an open apology letter to all of you who have been hurt by Christians or the Church.
I know this is just a letter, but I hope it makes some impact for you.
I was talking with a close friend yesterday who explained to me a conversation she had with her parents. Her parents know she’s a Christian, but they aren’t, and here is what they had to say about it.
“Just please, don’t start hating people, that just isn’t you.”
Her heart broke, and so did mine.
That’s when I knew I had to write this letter.
I’m sorry for the pain you’ve endured at the hands of Christians or the Church.
I’m sorry for the times you’ve felt judged or criticized by Christians.
I’m sorry for what you see on the news about Priests molesting children and Westboro Baptist Church picketing funerals with signs saying, “God hates Fags.”
I’m sorry for all the times I let you down and acted nothing like Jesus.
I could go on for hours with a list ten pages long.
Injustice after injustice.
I understand why you call me a hypocrite and assume I hate.
I understand why you would want nothing to do with Christians.
But, I’m here to apologize and tell you it has nothing to do with Church or Christians.
You don’t need either one.
Whether you’ve personally been hurt by Christianity or someone you know has, what happened was probably wrong.
What I’m most sorry about though?
That Christians, as a general whole, look nothing like Jesus.
When Jesus came, he was abolishing the law (the rules).
He said, “By your love will everyone know you are Christians.”
Holding up signs with hate-filled messages and taking advantage of others was not his message.
So on behalf of Christians, and because so many of them cannot ask this, I am asking for your forgiveness.
Please forgive us for not showing you who Jesus really is.
Please forgive us for the selfish things we’ve done and hateful things we’ve said.
You deserve love and grace.
That was his message.
That you are worth dying for.
If you remember one thing, remember that.
Please don’t let my mistakes and shortcomings keep you from knowing that.
The real message is that God wants to know you personally.
Us as Christians, will always fail. I will never love perfectly, and for that I’m sorry, because I wish I could.
What I can tell you is that for those of you seeking, that love is real.
So know this: I’m sorry, and God’s heart has broken over your pain and suffering.
Call out to Him.