In your apology, you said that you were sorry that you “didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on [your] side’” who were calling others names. Putting “on my side” in quotation marks in your apology was interesting to me. We have all learned how to be on particular “sides” in life and for many years, the media has worked hard to make these sides as pronounced as possible to give people a sense of drama and tension. But we do not have to live that way if we don’t want to.
Alan, to make this apology real, it is time to put it into action and that means taking the very risky step of explaining to “your side” why “my side” is loved by God just as much as you are, just as we are. After a while, we might even stop thinking about sides. Galatians 3.28, where all are one in Christ might become a little more of a reality. A simple re-branding of your organization will not make your apology believable. You want your apology to be real, right? For the lives of so many people out there, I pray that you do.
Alan Chambers of Exodus International made a very public apology to those who have been harmed by Exodus' reparative therapy. Jay Wiesner of The Naming Project writes an open letter to the former President of Exodus International.