Responding to Things like AiG’s Billboard

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I wish I didn’t feel like I have to respond to this. I wish it didn’t happen in the first place. But it did. And I do. Answers in Genesis is a ministry I happen to care a lot about. They are like my family, and I love them. But like family, they sometimes do things that astound me.

First, to those atheists I count as friends, as well as those I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, I unreservedly apologize for the existence of that sign. It does not reflect well on my Savior, on my friends at AiG, or on Christianity as a whole.

I am sorry. Please forgive us.

Second, to my friends at AiG, I know your heart is in the right place. Because I know you, I know that your sincere desire is to proclaim the truth to unbelievers. But I can’t understand what made you think this was a good way to do so.

Hearts are not changed by shouting “YOU’RE WRONG” from the corner of Times Square. And the fact that you dragged God into the same sentence could only possibly serve to harden people against him. True, God works in mysterious ways, and he can redeem even this debacle, but it would be in spite of that sign, not because of it.

I beg you to consider your words and your tone more carefully. Remember, the same Scripture that commands us to “make a defense” commands us to “do so with courtesy and respect” (1 Peter 3:15–16, LEB). That obviously was not the case here.

Third, to those who already have a grudge against AiG and are using this to take cheap shots at them, let it go. Yes, they messed up. Everyone does. But some of the bitter remarks made against them are filled with far more vitriol than what you accuse them of. Examine your own heart in this matter.

Finally, to all my brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s not use this or any other such instance as a means for division. In all things, we are to be seeking unity in Christ. Let’s learn from our mistakes, forgive, and continue growing together in love. I ask too that this open rebuke of mine would be taken in its intended spirit.

Better a rebuke that is open
 than a love that is hidden.
The wounds of a friend mean well,
 but the kisses of an enemy are profane. (Proverbs 27:5–6, LEB)