So, at the “convenient” time when the US legalized same-sex marriage across all 50 states, two Mennonite Church USA schools were prepped and ready to flee biblical fidelity.
The US supreme court ruled in favor of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015. Eastern Mennonite University released there newly revised “Non-Discrimination Statement” on July 16, 2015, and Goshen College released theirs two days later.
What does that mean now?
For starters, both schools are open to all forms of sexual behavior that deviates from the Biblical standard, in both students and faculty. Well, that’s not officially true. Both schools are still expecting their students and faculty who are sexually active to jump through the arbitrary hoop of being “married” (which makes absolutely no sense at all)…but as if the leadership of either school is policing anyone’s bedrooms.
If a student is sleeping around on campus (and it’s even public knowledge), I already know that Goshen turns a blind eye (and has done so for decades, even when members of the faculty were raping students). That’s part of why they have rape information on their campus website that basically includes “six signs to know if you’re a rapist” (in case you’re unsure). Their stalwart commitment to Christ is also why they have the “getting drunk and sleeping around ‘can lead to a disintegration of trust and deep emotional scars’ ” article on their campus page too. So when you find yourself wondering “WHERE are all these deep emotional scars coming from?” you’ll finally be able to figure it out that it has something to do with constantly waking up naked in someone else’s dorm room.
Remember. Those schools are “Christ-Centered.”
Both schools announced their changes in direct and open opposition to the official position of the Mennonite Church USA on marriage and sexuality.
“We believe that God intends marriage to be a covenant between one man and one woman for life. Christian marriage is a mutual relationship in Christ, a covenant made in the context of the church. According to Scripture, right sexual union takes place only within the marriage relationship. Marriage is meant for sexual intimacy, companionship, and the birth and nurture of children.”
I’m sure some people will find that unclear, but that’s not the problem. The real problem is that a large number in the MCUSA already ignore it (and have been for some time now). So what if the denomination has a policy that some churches (and all their schools) don’t like? They’re the Mennonite Church USA. What in the world is the denomination gonna do? Take a stand on something at the risk of causing someone (who already openly hates them) to possibly have their feelings hurt?
That wouldn’t be Christlike. He always cuddled sinners and turned their hurts into halos, right?
Not only are both schools thumbing their collective noses at the denomination that they’re supposed to submit to, but both schools changed their “non-discrimination statement” in complete and total opposition to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
The CCCU claims that they are “voluntary association of colleges and universities whose missions are rooted in the historic Christian faith and are informed by deeply held Christian thought, belief and practice.”
Remember: both EMU and Goshen claim to be “Christ Centered”.
Hmm. I wonder what he’d say about that?
Well, something along those lines.
So what’s the moral of the story?
1. STOP supporting Goshen and EMU financially.
Every single Christian college I’ve ever been a part of lies through their teeth to donors and attempts to convince the donors that the school is in a wildly different theological position than is reality. Schools want old conservative donors (who write six and seven-figure cheques) to think their supported schools are conservative and still teaching the Bible.
Not only that, but they’re taking the donor’s money and bad-mouthing those donors behind closed doors. I’ve heard it myself more than once.
2. Don’t EVER send your kids to EMU or Goshen.
Well, unless you hate your children and want to spiritually destroy them.
If that’s the case, skip the middleman and feed them directly to Molech.
It’s time for both schools to burn to the ground.
The sooner, the better.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “I’m afraid I really understated the last two points” Unger