"I am here because I've had my heart broken by the church, and I know it doesn't have to be that way."
In light of Jesus' affirmation that His mission was to bind up broken hearts, I find this to be an amazing and outrageous thought. I feel inspired right now so here goes:
On behalf of church leaders everywhere I ask those hearts who were broken by church leaders for forgiveness.
- I confess that we have been more concerned with the church's success than your success.
- I confess that we have asked you to lay your life down for us rather than us laying our life for you.
- I confess that we have been seduced by the pulpit and have rejected Jesus' call to bind up your broken heart.
- I confess that we care more about our personal study of the scriptures than visiting you when you are sick or imprisoned.
I ask you to forgive us! I ask God to bless you with church leaders who will lay down their life for you.