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Look past the sinful followers

"i am not ashamed of the Gospel (Good News) of Christ," said St Paul. Neither am I. But I am ashamed by the way we, as Christians, conduct ourselves in both private and public life.

I don't represent any church or group, but I would like to apologise to people of other faiths and none for the way Christians have changed the Good News into bad news in this corner of the island.

It is true that the Christian message is one of forgiveness and redemption, but we are expressly forbidden from sinning more in order to be forgiven more.

It is an unfortunate truth that people will always base their view of Christ not on His nature, but on the nature of those in high-profile positions who claim to be His followers. Please don't make that mistake, but look past the imperfect sinner to the perfect Saviour.

RUTH McCONNELL

Belfast