I just read an article wherein Exodus International has announced that they are shutting down in an effort to stop hurting people.
What a remarkable statement their founder, Alan Chambers, has made. I believe he should be commended for his change of heart and his efforts in finally taking the right steps...steps away from accidentally spreading hate...steps toward a Biblical foundation of "love thy neighbor."
My favorite quote from the announcement is: "For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical."
You can read the full announcement HERE. But, beyond that, I encourage you to read Chambers full apology stated on the Exodus website, wherein he shares his personal convictions, his experiences and what ultimately led him to this decision. You can read that by clicking HERE.
Another favorite quote from Chambers is: "My beliefs about these things (sex and marriage) will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself."
Chambers has certainly gone against the grain and taken a risky stance for a man in his position, and I believe he should be commended. Any Believer who is able to publically admit that, though their intentions were good, they ultimately went off track and ended up hurting people with God's Word instead of promoting healing, is, well, a fine, upstanding individual in my book. It takes guts to come out and say you were wrong. It takes strength to admit that you've gone off track and it takes courage to shut everything down so you can repair and re-focus. Chambers is going to open another ministry and says he and his wife are dedicated to the focus of proclaiming God's grace and salvation for everyone. He said, "Grace is the center of salvation, not sin; our focus should be on grace."
I tried to commend him in a somewhat public forum yesterday and was immediately shot down by fellow Christians, one in particular, who accused me of calling ALL Christians bigots. As can be typical of the radical right, who ironically think they are always right but should probably be called the radical wrong, she only saw the issue of homosexuality and never even bothered to look at Chamber's heart. She jumped all over me, trying to put words in my mouth, trying to accuse me of words I hadn't said and wasn't even thinking...to the point that I finally told her to kiss my ass. And then she played the victim (insert eye roll here). Oh, so typical.
Christians. It's people like this woman that make me ashamed to bear the title and people like Alan Chambers that make me proud to be a Believer.
Alan Chambers, you ROCK! May others follow your lead and learn to walk in love instead of hate, judgment and condemnation. After all, we are ALL created equal and we ALL are saved by grace, God's acceptance and His love. There is no room for discrimination and finger-pointing; and one thing we, Christians, seem to forget or overlook is the nasty little fact that casting judgment is just one more form of sin. May we all look in the mirror as Chambers has done. ~