I’m Sorry Campaign Videos – Part 1

On June 26th this year, we gathered at the Chicago Pride Parade to apologize for the ways that we as Christians have harmed the LGBT community. While apologizing for what we have done or have failed to do is an important step in the journey towards reconciliation, we are trying to continue to push forward in that journey by encouraging Christians to let their respective apologies motivate them to taking tangible actions to make things better for those in the LGBT community. We will be posting a few videos of individuals relating what they are sorry about and what they are committing to do about it, but we would love to also hear from you if you would like to upload a video on YouTube and let us know by contacting us at info@themarinfoundation.org. You can see our I’m Sorry Campaign home page here.

Much love.

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://rmhines.com Ryan Hines

    Our God is a loving god. Thanks for posting this video and sharing your thoughts. I think that, by following Jesus’ example of love, we all search on our quest for truth and understanding. So much of life will never be understood, but we should all give love and compassion to ALL people. I learned a great deal about this by attending the Wild Goose Festival 2011, and blogged about my thoughts also: http://rmhines.com/?p=877

  • http://humbleperseverance.blogspot.com/ Tommy Flowers

    I totally agree with Mr. Hines above. There are two important facts to attend with. One, God by definition is love (1 John 4:8). And two, we are made in His image (Gen. 1:27). I think we must ask what that means to our own selves when we hear that God made us in His image. What does that tell you? How does that make you feel? Out of all of God’s creations we share a likeness with Him in the aspect that we can take pleasure in knowing our Creator. Just as God takes pleasure in us we take joy in God. But what joy is there when we argue and fight with each other? When we find that name calling and shunning have replaced the Christ-centered practice of brotherly-love we must reexamine our hearts and seek to find our Abba, Father who first loved us.

    I’ve included my blog website if you’re interested in further discussions on this topic. Thanks.

  • http://romans116unashamed.blogspot.com/ Alex Johnson

    I agree that Christians should be loving and compassionate to all people. However I’m confused by many of the video responses of saying “I’m Sorry.”

    I understand if these people in the videos are the offenders and have not loved or been compassionate to others. That is a valid reason to be apologetic. But what I don’t see in this apology is a stand for the truth. It is very possible to be loving and compassionate for ones soul while boldly proclaiming the truth. What I see is people sorry for gay men and women for the wrongs that have been done to them but I don’t see an apology followed by a plea for them to seek the God of the scriptures and not the one they fancy.

    How does this campaign explain Romans 1:26,27?

    Rom 1:26 …For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
    Rom 1:27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    Yes we should love everyone. Homosexuals, murderers, pedophiles, adulterers, etc. but truly loving them is sharing the truth not just saying we love you and allowing them to live in disobedience to scripture under the guise that God loves them no matter what.

    If you have time I would recommend this 33 minute video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqdQ6_MAH2A

    Grace and peace.

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      Alex – For a properly dignified response to each of your questions, please read my book Love is an Orientation. I know that sounds like a shameless plug, but honestly, it goes into much explanation of my understanding of a Jesus-shaped medium of engagement. Much love.

  • http://www.sitting-in-circles.com Chad Golller-Sojourner

    On Any Given Sunday
    For Pastor/Founder Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill

    He asked, ““So, what story do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you’ve ever personally witnessed?” Which of course is code for “Have you ever had a Sissy/Fag/Homosexual worship leader? ─ Some people really should guard their words, especially pastors who have chosen to shepherd their flocks in tight t-shirts and designer jeans while filling their coffers with money borne of stale rhetoric and manufactured hysteria. ─ Still, I feel compelled to reply, so know this:

    On Any Given Sunday
    A parishioner has just been sexually assaulted;
    Someone is wrestling with another unplanned pregnancy;
    The girl in the third pew has been made to share her father’s bed;
    Someone has gambled away the rent money, again;
    Someone is going to Church for the first time, in search of a message of hope—
    And they are not saved.

    On Any Given Sunday
    A parishioner is struggling with addiction;
    The choir director has just discovered he is HIV Positive;
    A 15-year-old acolyte is starving himself to death because he thinks he is fat;
    A young couple is keeping up appearances by taking separate cars to Church. Even though they just spent the night together—
    And they are not saved.

    On Any Given Sunday
    A parishioner has just lost his union job;
    The mother of the church has to choose between buying food and filling a prescription;
    A 17-year-old altar boy is off fighting an unholy war because his parents can’t afford to send him to college;
    And they are not saved.

    On Any Given Sunday
    An Elder’s wife is using make-up to conceal last night’s beatings;
    The junior choir soloist has chosen to give her classmates oral sex, rather than spend another semester in isolation;
    A Deacon is embezzling Church funds to support his pornography addiction;
    An usher is contemplating suicide;
    Someone is going to Church for the last time, still in search of a message of hope.
    And they are not saved.

    Yet On Any Given Sunday
    A pastor can be found seeking gossip about “effeminate anatomically male worship leaders”

    And still they:
    They the parishioner
    The girl in the third pew
    The choir director
    The 15-year-old acolyte
    The young couple
    The mother of the church
    The 17-year-old altar boy
    The Elder’s wife
    The junior choir soloist
    The Deacon, and
    The usher—
    They are still not saved.

    Evangelist Chad Goller-Sojourner ─ Happily Skipping with Jesus since the Carter Administration

    • Melanie

      No, I dont think that Mark Driscoll meant “fag” or homosexual when he called someone a sissy or effeminate. In case you haven’t noticed, not all gay men are “effeminate” just like not all heterosexual men are BIBLICALLY masculine. That is just a misguided, ignorant stereotype.

      If you’ve ever listened to Mark Driscoll, you would know exactly what he means by what he says. He defines what he means in his studies.

  • Bill Broring

    This is MY personal apology to the gay community for a past that has NOT extended the love of Jesus to you. I can take solace in the fact that Jesus has forgiven me, but I ask that my brothers and sisters in the gay community forgive me, as well. God loves you just as you are and don’t let anyone tell you differently!!!

    And I love you, too. :)


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