While stopping by Shakespeare’s Sister, I found a link to a wonderful, heart-warming post over at Pam’s House Blend. It is a tale of love, compassion, contrition, and forgiveness. These are things we just don’t see everyday, especially from evangelical Christians. Brent Childers of faithinamerica.com, wrote a letter to Pam after reading her earlier post on faith. The following is just a snippet of the entire post:
Do you think fundamental religious leaders and their followers will ever acknowledge the harm to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -like certain denominations have apologized for once condoning racism in America?
Three years ago, I was in a conversation with a dear family member. As a 43-year-old fundamentalist-leaning Christian, I was railing about how homosexuals were out to destroy America. My mother stopped me mid-sentence with a question: “Was the attitude I held toward gay men and women truly a Christ-like attitude?”
It’s ironic. After years of wanting to change what I perceived as the hardened hearts of homosexuals, God changed my heart instead.
This inspiring letter will hopefully open the eyes of many more Christians and Christian leaders to love as Jesus loved and forgive as Jesus forgave. Too often those of us on the Left tend to criticize the hypocrisy and hateful words levied at gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people by Christian fundamentalists. In this instance, Mr. Childers shows that our criticism is not warranted in all cases. This is a case where God changed the heart of a man. Let’s hope (and pray) that he opens the hearts and minds of others in the Christian community to be accepting of all people regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Thank you Brent Childers. You’re sincere words show that all is NOT lost. You have shown that you can live a Christ-centric life and still love all God’s creatures, even the gay ones.
Please go there and read the whole letter from Brent. It may even bring you to tears.