Thom Rainer, the CEO of Lifeway apologizes for the offensive Rickshaw Rally published some ten years ago. None of the thoughtful Christian would think of Rainer as weak. In fact, it takes a lot of guts and maturity to do this. We salute him and his organization for doing something towards racial reconciliation. Good testimony does not come from denying one’s fault or qualified non-apologetic apologies or worse yet, coverup of one’s problem to save face. Rainer demonstrates how the Body of Christ is supposed to function. This is what good testimony looks like.
Even back in March, Rainer was already thinking about apologies for Christians and how the ethics of apology can help bring harmony to the church. See his earlier post here. At the end of the day, you either believe or deny our oneness in the Body, not just by doctrine or exegesis but by praxis.