‘I’m sorry’ won’t
fix immense damage
done over decades
The “apology” published June 19 by Exodus President Alan Chambers.
IN A STUNNING DEVELOPMENT widely reported, the organization Exodus, which tried to “cure” homosexuals, has thrown in the towel – and ‘apologized.’
In a public announcement titled “I am Sorry,” on June 19 its President Alan Chambers said:
“… And then there is the trauma that I have caused. There were several years that I conveniently omitted my ongoing same-sex attractions….
“I understand why I am distrusted and why Exodus is hated.”
That just won’t cut it.
Gay men and lesbians around the world may be singing “Ding, dong the witch is dead,” but, hold on. The damage caused over the years by this organization will take a long time to repair.
And it is by no means certain that its hundreds of affiliate organizations will follow suit.
Alan Chambers, president of Exodus, the organization that for decades tried to “cure” homosexuals.
A press release accompanied the ‘apology.’
“Exodus International to Shut Down” was the headline.
Here’s the lead: “Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality announced tonight that it’s closing its doors after three-plus decades of ministry.”
Talk about overdoing the public relations!
In another press release, the organization itself apologized:
The headline: Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: “We’re Sorry”
The lead: Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, issued an apology to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the Church as a whole.”
Isn’t it the Catholic Church that promises redemption to sinners who repent? I’m not sure.
But there can be no salvation for people like Chambers and his ilk.
The decades of horrible harm caused by him and his organization to possibly millions of people – up to and including suicides of teenagers – cannot be undone by an “I’m sorry.”
For many, the damage is permanent. They will carry it through the rest of their lives.
The June 19 news release announcing the end of Exodus.
Its own website, still available, continues to harm.
Under its FAQ section one sees:
“ THE LARGEST WORLDWIDE MINISTRY to those struggling with same-sex attraction seeking to live a life that reflects the Christian faith.
“AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION with more than 260 autonomous and diverse member agencies across North America that help men and women seeking freedom from unwanted same-sex attraction as well as family members & friends affected by this issue.”
Get this off the web immediately!
The press coverage of this development has been immense. It comes days before the US Supreme Court is to issue an historic ruling on gay marriage.
Is the tide becoming a tidal wave?
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