Recently, I gave a little bit of a rough time to Christian apologists. All too often, I’ve found myself wanting to apologize because it’s the cool thing to do in front of Christian friends, and it seems “spiritual.” But what does a real and honest apology look like?
Apparently, it looks like the churches of Sacramento.
Reverend Rick Cole personally and publicly apologized to Christina Silvas and Ben Sharpe.
Eight years ago, Silva was working as a stripper while putting her daughter through the church’s school. Due to her profession, the church asked her to remove her daughter from the school.
Ben Sharpe, 14 years ago, was asked not to attend his eight-grade graduation for having a buzz cut. Apparently his haircut violated school policy.
But on a recent Sunday, in one service, one apology was able to turn 22 years of pain and negativity into a net-positive for those involved and the community.
And the article doesn’t stop there. It has more stories from the Sacramento area, including this:
At Impact Community Church in Elk Grove, congregants made gift baskets and dropped them off at gay civil-rights organizations and strip clubs with attached notes apologizing for the words and actions of some religious leaders.
It’s so moving to see these churches reaching out in love. They’re meeting face-to-face, apologizing for their actions and humbly repenting on behalf of themselves and their communities–showing grace to their neighbors, both secular and religious.
If you ask me, that’s how you do an apology.