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Prayer Forgiving the Church for Sins Against Gay People

I Forgive the Church

Expressing anger in a constructive way and letting go of the self-hate helps one heal.

The prayer below is written by a gay Christian. The prayer is posted with permission. In the prayer, the author forgiveness the Christian church for its mistakes and sins.

A note of clarification may help people understand the prayer. When you see the word me in pink italics, the word me refers to being gay.


I Forgive the Church

Church, I did not choose to be me.
God made me
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

You made church a dangerous place for me.
You made society a dangerous place for
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

Church, you fought government attempts to protect me.
And to give
me any of the rights you enjoy.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

You taught me to hate me and to hate me.
You taught others to hate
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

You damned me and you damned me.
You taught others to damn
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

People used your teachings to justify abuse,
To justify killing people like
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

You demanded me to stop being me.
Like an outcast, an untouchable you treated
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

You withheld grace from me and from me.
You failed to fulfill your mandate.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

You excommunicated people for being me.
Pervert, abomination, Sodomite you called
me.
The Lord gave me to you as a gift.
And Church you raped His gift. You raped me.

Church I forgive you for all this and more,
Because the Lord gave me to you as a gift.