THE SINCERE BUT MISGUIDED APOLOGY OF BRIAN McLAREN, GREG BOYD, BRIAN ZAHND, AND BRUXY CAVEY ON BEHALF OF THE CHURCH TOWARD THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
There's a sense in which this teaching is a losing venture. By their very nature apologies are humble and compassionate and beautiful. People who apologize are usually right. Apologies are what end fights and create peace. Marriages are saved when people learn to apologize. Friendships are restored when people apologize. Church splits are prevented when people apologize. So what kind of fool would speak out against such a visible apology?
You've seen the video. Look at the faces. Listen to the gentle tone of voice. Listen to the soft music in the background. Who doesn't resonate when we hear the dangers of judging and condemning and excluding and scape-goating? Those are powerful, ugly verbs. You're on pretty popular ground when you're calling the church away from those things. Those things are bad. Each of the speakers is right to tell us these things are wicked, demonic, and not to be tolerated in the body of Christ. Agreed.
Let me say up front there have been foolish voices raised in the church expressing hatred toward the LGBTQ community. Something in me wants to crawl into a hole when people carry signs with "God Hates Queers" written on them. My skin crawls when supposedly Christian people are heard spewing sinfully wicked words of hate through megaphones. So I can relate to those voices who question the Christianity behind such obviously evil behavior. Again, nothing but agreement from me and, I'm sure - I hope and pray - from this congregation at Cedarview Community Church.
But while I don't mind having brothers in Christ helping me repent by publicly apologizing for my sins, I'm not very comfortable with them apologizing for my theology.