A group of Christians marched in an LGBT pride parade in the Marikina City, Philippines over the weekend — and it wasn’t the type of march you typically expect to hear about.
The group, from the Church of Freedom in Christ Ministries (FICM), stood outside the Marikina Stadium, where the pride parade ended, holding signs apologizing for the way the LGBT community has been treated by Christians for the past several centuries.
According to BuzzFeed News, 19-year-old Jamilah Salvador shared a photo of the group on Twitter Saturday, captioning it: “I literally cried when I saw this kanina. Imagine living in a society with nothing but love and respect for each other.”
Tweets from other parade participants revealed similar sentiments:
Salvador’s tweet has racked up over 120,000 likes and over 40,000 retweets in just two days’ time. A pastor at FICM, Val Paminiano, told BuzzFeed that the church has been doing the “I’m Sorry” campaign for the last four years.
“We are apologizing for the way Christians have hurt the LGBT community, especially by using the Bible in condemning and judging them,” said Paminiano.
The pastor went on to explain how he used to be homophobic himself, before taking a closer look at what the Bible actually says. “I used to believe that God condemns homosexuals, but when I studied the scriptures, especially the ones that we call ‘clobber scriptures’ that are being cherry-picked from the Bible to condemn LGBT people, I realized that there’s a lot to discover, including the truth that God is not against anyone,” he said. “God does not discriminate against people based on gender.”
Paminiano added: “We pray that more and more Christians will act, speak, and love the LGBT people like Jesus would.”
Twitter praised the group for their progressive views, with many of them noting how this group’s acceptance symbolizes what Christianity is all about in the first place.
Even we could get down with organized religion if they can get down with people’s personal life choices.
h/t BuzzFeed News