Sunday, July 6, 2008

Christians Confess

A new website called Christians Confess allows Christians to apologize for ways Christianity has been unloving.

This site was started in order for Christians to acknowledge that we have got it terribly wrong at times, and to apologize for this. We understand that many will feel that words aren't enough. We agree! Though we also admit we don't know what else to do practically about this. If you have any ideas please contact us and let us know how we can show, not only in word, but also in deed, that we're sorry.

Here are a few examples:

I'm sorry for all the times we've shoved God in your face and loved you with an agenda- trying to keep you from the burning pits of hell. I'm sorry we don't live more unique and genuine lives centered around loving one another. I'm sorry we get over righteous on you and fail to see life as it is. I'm sorry I told you I was a christian but I never minded gossiping about my sister or brother. I'm sorry I judged you.


I have been critical and expected you to live according to my expectations. I am sorry.


I'm sorry i overlooked you as a potential friend just because our beliefs were different.


I love the concept. I agree that words usually are not enough, especially when anonymous or disconnected from real relationship. But I love the heart behind the idea--that often Christians have not represented Jesus well to others, both inside and outside the church. I hope that it doesn't stop at words, that the apologies will be a step towards action and change in many church communities. I hope that the people who are apologizing aren't filled with a false sense of satisfaction or completion, but are challenged to continue their repentance in their everyday life.

I also love that the site allows those who aren't Christian to respond. Here is one moving response:

I read through the apologies on this site and unexpectedly started crying my eyes out.  I was raised in the church and left a long time ago.  There are too many stories to even begin to share here.  It amazes me that something that is supposedly all about love and grace can cause so very much wrenching pain and damage.  ...can't even begin to say...


Check out the website here. What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you found the site meaningful. I've been encouraged by the responses.