An Alabama church gave the perfect response to a thief who had posted a lengthy apology after stealing American flags from a Fourth of July tribute.
The church had set up the tribute to honor its veterans but were shocked when the flags were stolen by the thief. The congregation has invited the robber who apologized for doing so, to attend a Sunday service.
The thief has now returned the stolen flags to First Baptist Church in Grand Bay and acknowledged his crime in a note left behind. “I’m sorry for taking the flags,” read the handwritten note from the thief. “I did not mean any disrespect. … I was drinking and had a dumb idea. … I myself do not own an American flag and think they will stop being made soon.”
He continued, “I had no idea that there were names of fallen heroes [attached to the flags], which makes it even worse as if stealing from the church wasn’t bad enough, to begin with.”
Royce Dubose, pastor of First Baptist Church, said the congregation was simply planning to replace the four stolen flags. “You could tell whoever took them was very, very upset with themselves,” he said, adding his church members “don’t want to know” who is responsible for taking the American flags “not because we’re angry at them but because we don’t want to embarrass them.”
In a public Facebook post, the church members invited the thief to visit “anytime.”
“Praise God our stolen flags from First Baptist Church in Grand Bay were returned with a note of apology,” read a post on the church’s Facebook page. “We would like to let whoever it was, since you didn’t sign your note, know that your apology is accepted and you are invited to attend our church services anytime.”