There is a trend among some Christians that I would like to bounce off you.
Some churches, having heard and acknowledged that the capital-c Church has done many “unChristian” things over the centuries (and today), have taken to apologizing for current and past sins that have been committed in the name of Jesus. From hypocrisy to slavery to poor treatment of homosexuals to the Inquisition, supporters of this trend believe that it is important to take responsibility for these warts on the nose of their faith in hope that it will lead to healing and, potentially, reconciliation. Others feel that apologizing is either not warranted (since they were not directly involved in these actions) or that, since direct amends cannot be made, the apologies could appear to be pandering rather than a genuine desire for reconciliation.
I believe an argument could be made in either direction.
That’s why I thought I would take the question outside of Christian circles and ask the people who would would be receiving the apologies…people who feel like they have been hurt by Christianity or the church.
If that is you, I would love to hear from you. Specifically, I’d love to know:
- What happened?
- How did you respond?
- How did the church/Christian in question respond?
- How would you feel if you got an apology from the person/church that perpetrated the “wrong.”
- How would you feel if a Christian who had nothing to do with it apologized to you?
Hope to hear from you.