I want to take responsibility for those who claim Christianity and have acted despicably toward those who are homosexual. There are many who have spewed hatred and acted reprehensibly. I apologize on behalf of them all. Their behavior in no way reflects the nature of Jesus and is totally unacceptable. I am deeply sorry for the anger and vitriol you have faced from Christians.
While my apology falls fatefully short in undoing the wrongs that have been perpetrated against you, I humbly ask for your forgiveness, recognizing for some that the damage that has been done is nearly impossible to get past. I want you to know I’m praying for your healing.
For many this apology does not go nearly far enough. I understand this. Many would have me apologize for Christians who identify homosexuality as a sin. I understand that this position creates a huge number of ancillary difficulties for those in the gay life.
Unfortunately, I cannot apologize for this stance because I too believe homosexuality is a sin, the same as fornication or adultery – a choice that hails from the destitute state of the human heart, a status all humans share. For some, this stance instantly casts me as a hater. I would appeal to you that the fact that I differ with you in no way qualifies me as someone who hates you. On the contrary, it is love that compels me to write.
I know there seems to be a gulf between many who identify themselves as homosexual and those who call themselves Christian. I agree that in some quarters the distance is inestimable. But in other places, there is love and safety for those in the gay life who are looking for refuge, healing and freedom. My church is one such place. Our hands are extended to you in love.
Because I am going to publish more on this subject in the days ahead I desired that my first public words on this issue be words of repentance for the horrible way that many Christians have acted toward homosexuals. I believe when Christians begin to act in a way that is truly representative of Jesus many in the gay life will find hope and liberty. It’s in this spirit and through this lens that I offer this apology and that the rest of my writings on this subject should be viewed.