Popular evangelical minister Max Lucado has offered an apology for the church's treatment of "LGBTQ people" to the congregation of Washington National Cathedral after his recent virtual sermon there created outrage from those opposed to a biblical view of human sexuality.
Pro-LBGT activists in the congregation had tried to get church leadership to rescind the offer to Lucado by circulating a petition. Initially, the cathedral's Dean Randy Hollerith defended his decision to invite Lucado, saying, "We have to come out of our corners," and "hear from each other."
But the anger within the LGBT contingent of the progressive cathedral congregation continued to grow even after Lucado's appearance. And late Wednesday, Hollerith issued an apology saying that he didn't fully appreciate the injuries LGBT believers had experienced.
Even though his recent message discussed the Holy Spirit, Lucado himself offered an apology to those within the LGBT community who were negatively affected by his past messages regarding sexual morality.
"In 2004 I preached a sermon on the topic of same-sex marriage," Lucado began. "I now see that, in that sermon, I was disrespectful. I was hurtful. I wounded people in ways that were devastating. I should have done better. It grieves me that my words have hurt or been used to hurt the LGBTQ community. I apologize to you and I ask forgiveness of Christ.
Faithful people may disagree about what the Bible says about homosexuality, but we agree that God's holy Word must never be used as a weapon to wound others. To be clear, I believe in the traditional biblical understanding of marriage, but I also believe in a God of unbounded grace and love. LGBTQ individuals and LGBTQ families must be respected and treated with love. They are beloved children of God because, they are made in the image and likeness of God.
Over centuries, the church has harmed LGBTQ people and their families, just as the church has harmed people on issues of race, gender, divorce, addiction, and so many other things. We must do better to serve and love one another," the minister said.
Lucado serves as the teaching minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.