Public Apology - "I'm sorry for how Christians have made you feel."

Posted by Shemari Jones on

It’s about TIME, Right?!

If you have a negative opinion of “The Church,” or those people who claim to be Christians, it’s probably rooted in a negative feeling that they have triggered in you at some point in your life. This can be true for both Believers & Non-Believers.

I can honestly say that EVERY person that I know has been hurt in one way or another by someone connected to The Church. At the end of the day, The Church, is comprised of HUMANS! While we are followers of Christ, we aren’t The Christ. We aren’t superheroes. We are imperfect. We sometimes mis(represent) the One we serve. While we shouldn’t be expected to be faultless, we should be expected to take accountability and take steps to reconcile. As a company that’s founded upon Christian beliefs, we expose and denounce any behavior from Christians that push people away from God, instead of bringing them closer to him.

Here are just some of the most common negative emotions that The Church may have provoked in you:

Abandoned

Accused

Afraid

Agony

Alienated

Angry

Anxious

Attacked

Battered

Belittled

Bereaved

Betrayed

Bitter

Boxed In

Broken

Chained

Cheated

Controlled

Criticized

Damned

 

Defeated

Degraded

Demeaned

Demoralized

Depressed

Deprived

Despair

Devastated

Dirty

Disappointed

Disapproved

Disconnected

Discounted

Discouraged

Disgraced

Disgusted

Disrespected

Dominated

Doubtful

Embarrassed

Empty

Enraged

Evil

Excluded

Failure

Fearful

Foolish

Forgotten

Frustrated

Grief

Guilty

Hatred

Helpless

Hopeless

Humiliated

Hurt

Inadequate

Incompetent

Inferior

Insecure

Insignificant

Insulted

Invisible

Jealous

Judged

Lonely

Lost

Manipulated

Misunderstood

Neglected

Obligated

Offended

Ostracized

Outcast

Overlooked

Overwhelmed

Powerless

Pressured

Regret

Rejected

Repulsed

Resentful

Ridiculed

Ruined

Sad

Scorned

Shame

Sorrow

Stupid

Suffocated

Tainted

Tormented

Trapped

Unappreciated

Unapproved

Unattractive

Undervalued

Unequal

Unloved

Unnecessary

Unprotected

Unwanted

Violated


I mean seriously! It’s one thing for someone who doesn’t claim to be Christian to cause someone to feel these emotions, but when a Christian does it, it completely defies everything that we are supposed to be rooted in. It’s an utter slap in the face of The Father!

These emotions are heavy, uncomfortable, & even painful. Just the sight of some of these words may bring back memories of some pretty dark experiences. Healed or not, you never forget the way someone makes you feel when it cuts deep. I’m not desperately in need of an apology, but man, it sure would be nice to have the person/people that sparked the emotion recognize the hurt they’ve caused. Unfortunately, some of us won’t ever hear the “I’m sorry,” that we want; but how can we move on without it?

The reality is, your healing has to happen with or without it! Your wholeness depends on your ability to heal from your past. So, here I am; standing in the gap for that person that hurt you. On behalf of “The Church,” You9ted extends it’s first act of love, an act of contrition.

I see you. I acknowledge your feelings. I validate your experiences. I empathize with your perspective. And I sincerely apologize. Without justification, without excuses, without knowledge of the circumstances; I apologize. Without understanding the whole story, I apologize. Without judgement, I apologize.  

You ARE loved. You ARE valuable. You ARE necessary. You ARE enough.

We want you to heal well. We hope this helps.


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