Two colleges that have been considered Christian colleges have recently determined that they will not refuse to hire staff and faculty that are in a same-sex marriage as part of their nondiscrimination policy. However, unmarried employees will still be expected to practice celibacy. It just thrills my heart that they have so much respect for marriage that they have taken the very strong, bold and courageous stance that you are not allowed to sin unless you are married! They will not tolerate it. But wait – if discrimination is the issue…? I mean, Biblical truth, having been bumped out of the lead (coming in a close second, maybe – I’d have to review the photo-finish), opens the proverbial Pandora’s box. One might argue vehemently that it will not but if not, we stand on purely arbitrary grounds, otherwise known as “sand,” if you catch my drift (pun intended – though this is no laughing matter).
The president of Goshen College fearlessly proclaims (among fellow pacifist), “We seek forbearance and grace amidst our differences. We deeply affirm the goodness of marriage, singleness, celibacy, sexual intimacy within marriage, and a life of faithfulness before God for all people,” and “…affirm the equal value and worth of each unique member of our community as a beloved child of God, and we seek to be a hospitable community for all—including those who disagree with this decision—as Christ modeled to us.” Of course, he refers to the Christ that said, “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN'” (Mt.15:7-9). Or maybe it was the one who said, “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” (Mt.23:26-28, 33). Well, anyway, it was the one who affirmed the equal value and worth of each unique member of our community as a beloved child of God, and who sought to be hospitable to all—including those with whom He disagreed.
Okay, so, back to nondiscrimination. When this becomes the criteria…use your imagination – no, better yet, use your God-given reasoning capabilities, and you will see what this will produce. Singles, who are to adhere to a code of celibacy, have a firm foundation for insisting on being on the same sinking foundation the “married” homosexuals are given to “support” their case. I am fascinated by the verse that follows, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Lev.18:22). It reads, “Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion” (Lev.18:23). Did I mention that I am also fascinated with the verses that follow this? “Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants” (Lev.18:24-25). Maybe God, in His own subtle, nondiscriminatory way, is trying to tell us something.
So, if you are looking to place your children in the capable, caring hands of those committed to handling them (sorry) with forbearance and grace, affirming their goodness, value and worth, while helping them become a unique member of the community, you might consider Goshen College or Eastern Mennonite University. If you are interested in providing them with training in the development of a Biblical worldview, you might have to dig a little deeper – you might still have time to find such a thing (but don’t delay, this offer will not last).