I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them. I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself.
You have never been my enemy. I am very sorry that I have been yours. I hope the changes in my own life, as well as the ones we announce tonight regarding Exodus International, will bring resolution, and show that I am serious in both my regret and my offer of friendship. I pledge that future endeavors will be focused on peace and common good.
With how gay tumblr is (or is that just me?), I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t seen this pop up on my dashboard yet. Exodus International, probably the most famous of the “ex-gay ministries”, announced it is shutting down and has offered an apology for the harm it has caused, physically, mentally, emotionally to those members who were forced to endure “reparative therapy”. I think the harm that has been caused by this organization goes WELL beyond being “let off the hook” by this apology, but I give Alan Chambers credit for being thoughtful and sincere in his apology, and I feel maybe even somewhat moved that he seems genuinely interested in being open to hearing all sides and growing as a person in his beliefs and how he feels about these issues. There will always be crazies, and there will (probably) always be hate and organizations that come in to fill the space that Exodus International occupied, but I feel at least somewhat hopeful that the head of an organization of such magnitude has shown the ability to grow and at least admit he was wrong.