Christians should apologize for causing pain in Christ’s name
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Can Christianity Learn to Say, “I’m Sorry”?
In an article for Red Letter Christians, Stephen Mattson writes: “As children we’re taught to apologize for lying, stealing, hitting our little brother, budging in line, cheating on a test, and swearing (among other things). Most people with common decency apologize to each other for these trivial wrongdoings, but when it comes to spiritual things—especially on a widespread and corporate level—Christians rarely apologize to people beyond their faith.” And yet throughout history, many of those who have claimed to be representatives of Christianity have caused much harm. “Millions watch as Christians spew hateful things in the name of Christ, and fellow believers are often painfully silent,” writes Mattson. “We’ve been silent for too long.”
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