An future Christian apology as imagined by John Shore
An open letter from Christians to LGBT people
The following is an excerpt from an essay written by John Shore.
We have edited it slightly so that it falls within copyright restrictions.
This essay is John Shore's imaginary vision of a future letter of apology by a Christian group to the LGBT community
on behalf of conservative Christians at some time in the future after the group has altered their perceptions about sexual orientation. It is remeniscient of the sincere apology made by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1995 for its 19th century support for human slavery.
I can personally imagine such a letter being written and representing a large percentage of the conservative Christian community.... but not in my lifetime. IMHO, to change minds so radically will take decades.
To all gay persons:
"... For a grievously long time we have treated gay people in a way that we now understand brings nothing but shame upon the God we purport to emulate. With bilious fury have we systematically maligned, denigrated, condemned, cursed, shamed, and bullied you literally to death.
For no reason beyond animal ignorance we have tried to obliterate you: to rob you of your identity, crush your self-worth, destroy your hopes, turn you against yourself. We have harnessed our almost unimaginable power to bring to you the singular, unceasing message that God finds you reprehensible.
Shamefully, we have turned the way you love into the way we hate.
And for that we now know that it is we, and not you, who deserve hell.
Over and again we have asked ourselves how we could have been so wrong. How, in the name of a loving God, could we have perpetrated, encouraged, and spread the reprehensible evil we did? We now look at the Bible’s six or seven fleeting mentions of homosexuality, and are astounded that we ever dared claim them as evidence that God cannot abide the gay and lesbian people that he so lovingly created and sustains.
How could we have ever done such a thing? What in the name of God---literally---were we thinking? ..."
"The reason that we have so hated you is because we have so feared you. We feared you because we fear our own sexuality. We fear our own sexuality because its power is so far beyond what we're capable of controlling: so utterly, quickly, and inevitably does our sexual lust transform us from pious, composed believers into fevered, bucking animals. ..."
"You joyously claimed the rainbow; while we, mired in our stubbornness, continued to insist on seeing only blacks and whites.
But now! Now has the terrible veil been mercifully lifted from our eyes! And therefore do we come before you today---repentant, ashamed, mortified to behold our transgressions against you -- seeking not your forgiveness (for we would not dare), but only the slightest chance of proving to you that we have changed.
God can, after all, change hearts. And he has most certainly changed ours.
It might take a year for you to consider us your true brothers and sisters. It might take five years, or ten. It might take generations. But however long it takes, we promise you one thing: as of this day, the Christian church has renounced---and will forever, and with utmost vigor, continue to renounce---that wicked, vile, and manifestly false theology which holds you as anything but our equal and friend.
With God as our witness, we will reconcile ourselves to you. That bright new day, so long in coming, has finally dawned.
With all that we are and hope to become,
About the author:
John Shore is a straight writer, a Christian, and an author of several books. His writings are often seen on the Huffington Post and LGBTQ Nation. His latest book is:
"Unfair: Why the 'Christian' view of gays doesn't work."Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store List price is $15.99. Amazon.com sells it for $11.51 plus postage or for $9.95 on Kindle ebook format.
Amazon.com customer reviews:
- "Should be required reading for any Christian who claims that gay people can't also be Christians ... . John Shore is smart, he's funny, and he's right. ... And I challenge anyone who believes that the Bible justifies the persecution of their gay and lesbian neighbors to read this book's concluding essay." - Dan Savage, It Gets Better.
- "For most of us, the fact that gay kids growing up in evangelical homes are made to feel worthless, unloved and unwanted is just plain depressing. For John Shore ... it's a challenge -- an opportunity to teach, to preach, to gently mock, and, most importantly, to throw the love of Jesus right back at evangelicals." - Randy Roberts Potts.
- "Amen! A book that gives voice to the thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people who have been told they must sacrifice their identity to be Christian" - Gwen Ashby, Associate Director, Believe Out Loud.
- 21 of the 22 Amazon customers who have reviewed the book give it a rating of 5 stars -- the maximum rating possible. That is very unusual.
Amazon.com book description:
"UNFAIR comprises testimonies from gay and lesbian Christians of all ages and backgrounds telling their own dramatic, deeply personal stories; razor-sharp essays on gays and Christianity by the inimitable John Shore; and a final chapter, 'Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality' that should be required reading by anyone who believes the Bible justifies the condemnation of gay people."
Reference used in this essay:
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- John Shore, "An open letter from Christians to LGBT people," LGBTW Nation, 2012-JAN-11, at: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/
Originally posted: 2011-FEB-08
Author: John Shore