I had a few thoughts. First, it seems to me you really can’t apologize for someone else. When you’re hurt by someone, it doesn’t help for their spouse or another friend or family member to come to you and say, “I’m sorry she hurt you. She didn’t mean it.” They can’t apologize for a wound they didn’t inflict. They can be encouraging and comforting, and I believe that’s probably a goal of this video. But we have to be careful – apologizing for other Christians can be a subtle form of judging them, which only fosters the very divisiveness we apologize for.
Secondly, I think we have to be careful of judging other believers’ hearts and motives simply because we disagree with or are embarrassed by them. Televangelists, for example, may be real believers who’ve simply been distracted by wealth and consumerism. (And so have a lot of us.) Yet we want to distance ourselves from them. What would be truly refreshing would be for us to embrace all the wackiness in our “family tree” – “Yes, we’re all Christians. We don’t all understand the Bible the same way. We don’t always get it right. I happen to disagree with their position on this issue, but I love and respect them as part of Christ’s body.” Christianity has survived 2,000 years in spite of its “fringe” adherents because of Christ, not because we identify who’s doing it right, and who’s doing it wrong.
And lastly, the vague use of “we” inadvertently minimizes the message. Rather than the vagueness of apologizing for “wasting resources consuming,” imagine if a real person, identified by name apologized specifically. “I’m sorry I forgot my true identity as a believer, and spent $5000 on a big screen TV, while my neighbors across the street can’t buy clothes for their kids.” Ouch. That hurts… and it means something. But who would do it? Anyone? And if not, are we really sorry? Generalities are easy. Apologizing for other people is easy. Real people taking personal responsibility for real actions – that’s how repentance works.
What do you think?