A group of Pentecostal Christians showed up at Pride to apologize for their homophobia
They held signs that read “I used to be a Bible-banging homophobe. Sorry!” and gave out hugs to anyone who would accept their apology. ❤️🏳️🌈🥰By Alex Bollinger Monday, June 10, 2019
Christians showed up at a Pride festival with signs that apologized for past injustices.
Jamilah Salvador, 19, posted pictures to Twitter of the signs that she saw at Pride in Marikina City, Philippines.
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The biggest banner, held by two people, said “I’m sorry” in giant letters.
“We’re here to apologize for the ways that we as Christians have harmed the LGBT community,” the banner said.
They carried other signs that said things like “God loves you, so do we” and “I used to be a Bible-banging homophobe. Sorry!”
Buzzfeed News reports that the marchers were from the Church of Freedom in Christ Ministries, a Pentecostal church in Makati.
“We are apologizing for the way Christians have hurt the LGBT community, especially by using the Bible in condemning and judging them,” said Pastor Val Paminiano.
“I used to believe that God condemns homosexuals, but when I studied the scriptures, especially the ones that we call ‘clobber scriptures’ that are being cherry-picked from the Bible to condemn LGBT people, I realized that there’s a lot to discover, including the truth that God is not against anyone.”
“God does not discriminate against people based on gender.”
They even had T-shirts that said, “I’m sorry!” on them.
Salvador told CBS News that “people absolutely loved” the signs.
“Some hugged and talked to these Christians,” she said. “Some took photos, like I did, and others just stood there in awe.”
Paminiano said that Christians should speak out against anti-LGBTQ attitudes.
“We pray that more and more Christians will act, speak, and love the LGBT people like Jesus would.”
Not all Pentecostal Christians embrace the conservative understanding of LGBTQI people as being contra-Scripture. This article from the Phillippines, posted from a local ‘Pride’ Festival, shows members of a Pentecostal congregation apologising for having demonised homosexuals in the past – showing their support for the ‘Pride’ participants, by joining them instead of protesting against them as they once did.
In the wake of a new understanding of Muslims in our Christchurch community here in New Zealand, after the wholesale slaughter – by a white supremacist – of their community at prayer in their mosques; one can be thankful that a new era of acceptance of the differences that exist in our modern-day society is being brought about – with the resultant willingness to overcome traditional prejudices about religious and other human realities that have hitherto divided us.
This is a demonstration of the fact that love is stronger than death.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand