Dear Friend, We Are Sorry
By Frank Hilton • ©Word-Spirit • All Rights Reserved.

To whom it may concern,

Dear Friend, first and foremost, I would like to apologize for the mistakes that we as "Christians" have made with you. I am very sorry that we have not always been the people that we have claimed to be. This special apology is not to justify our actions, but to sincerely acknowledge that we have human flaws, even though we claim to be a "Christian." I hope this special apology will help you to understand that only God is perfect and that we are not.

Before I ever became a "Christian," I had this idea in my head that "Christians" are supposed to be perfect like God and should never do bad things. And you will find, that to be the case with most people in the world; they feel the same way.

However, when I started reading the Bible on a regular basis, I found that concept of perfect people (who claim to serve God) a misconception. The reason is, because in scripture there was not one perfect human except Jesus Christ. There are many great men throughout biblical history who made major mistakes and sinned against God and man. Here are just a few...

  • Moses killed a man and disobeyed God
  • Samson struggled with desires for women
  • King David had a man killed to hide his adultery
  • Many kings committed idolatry
  • Saul (a religious Pharisee) killed Christians before becoming one himself.

This list is long and many of these men were forgiven and used by God! Now, please understand, that God did punish them for their mistakes. Making mistakes doesn't mean that we are somehow immune from our responsibility to God and man. We are not better than anyone else just because we try and follow God's commandments.

Scripture does teach us that we are to live a life of purity, discipline and that we are to do things right. But, scripture also lets us know that we are subject to failure as well, and sometimes we have to be forgiven and rise back up again. For we read...

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: (Pro 24:16).

Jesus also taught that we are to ask forgiveness when we sin against somebody. Scripture also teaches saints of God that if we sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us if we repent (turn away from the sin and tell God we are sorry). I am sure you have heard the saying, "Christians are not perfect, just forgiven." This is so true!

Now, by all means, this does not give us a license to justify our actions. We must always strive to obey God's word and be accountable to man as well. However, we do on occasions make mistakes that just aren’t right! Why is that so if we claim to be a "Christian?"

When Adam and Eve obeyed the devil in the garden, sin entered the world and therefore we are all born with a sinful nature to do wrong. Jesus paid the price so that we could come to Him and have Him help us overcome any issues we may have in our lives. We all have imperfections that have to be dealt with and sometimes that may take some time to overcome. And, God does teach in His word how we can overcome, and He also tells us the consequences if we do not!

In scripture, God has this process called "sanctification" where He has to put us through some things so that He can get us to overcome these weaknesses. It is sometimes during these "trials" that we make these mistakes. And when we do, God expects us to make it right with anyone we offend... thus God expects us to apologize for our errors.

So, I would like to say to you; I know we claim to be a "Christian" but that doesn't mean we became perfect when we became a believer. As a matter of fact, it is a struggle sometimes to try and live that "perfect life" that people think we should live. Yes, we want to be perfect! I for one, get frustrated with myself when I see a weakness in me that I have to deal with. I just want to be kind, loving and do what is right, but that is not always easy because of the sinful nature we all are born with.

When we make mistakes, it costs us, and we have to learn from them. Only God is perfect and we are only trying to be like Him, but it sometimes takes time for us to get it right! Some of us "Christians" are sincere and we try very hard to be what many think we should be.

So, please do not think badly about God for what we do! And please help us to learn from our mistakes. We are truly trying, but just like yourself, sometimes we just mess it up and come face to face with the fact that we still need God's help too!

So, will you please forgive us?

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Act 2:37-39)
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