It’s embedded deep into the movement’s rhetoric and political priorities.
It motivates their opposition to anti-discrimination provisions and their ongoing fear-mongering about the First Amendment rights of Christian schools.
This we do in obedience to Christ’s final command to proclaim the Gospel to all men (Matthew –20).
As believers we are also committed to demonstrating the love of Christ daily in our relationships with others, disregarding the economic, cultural and racial divisions invented by sinful humanity (Luke –37; James 2:1–13).
Steve Pettit and Carl Abrams talked about Bob Jones University, a Christian liberal arts college at the center of a Supreme Court Case about civil rights and religious liberty.
Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit talked about the college’s history and how it came to Greenville, south Carolina.
As believers, we demonstrate our love for others first by presenting Christ our Great Savior to every person, irrespective of race, culture, or national origin.History, reality and Scripture affirm that in that act of creation was the potential for great diversity, manifested today by the remarkable racial and cultural diversity of humanity.Scripture also teaches that this beautiful, God-caused and sustained diversity is divinely intended to incline mankind to seek the Lord and depend on Him for salvation from sin (Acts –28). Meanwhile, other folks had some real explaining to do. But people who knew I’d attended the school wanted to hear my take on the matter. Advertisement Obligingly, I wrote an opinion piece describing my experiences inside the Bob Jones University bubble and urging more tolerance for different points of view.Just yesterday, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Casey Mattox urged the House Judiciary Committee to remove Christian colleges from a public Department of Education list of institutions that have received exemptions from Title IX.And who can forget that 80 percent of white evangelicals just voted for the openly racist Donald Trump? On Thursday he denied that Russia was behind the 2016 election hacks, but waxed poetic about hackers who “are like artists” in the way they choose their targets depending on how they feel “when they wake up in the morning.” Putin continued, “If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions—which are right, from their point of view—to the fight against those who say bad things about Russia.” As my colleague Graham Vyse Megyn Kelly made her NBC News debut on Thursday by interviewing Putin.But the story of how Bob Jones lost its non-profit status offers timely insight into the contemporary religious right. Rumminger, longtime administrator at Bob Jones University, told me in an interview, the IRS actions against his school “alerted the Christian school community about what could happen with government interference” in the affairs of evangelical institutions. Although Bob Jones’s ban is history, it left a significant imprimatur on the religious right.“That was really the major issue that got us all involved.”Bob Jones ended its ban a mere 17 years ago—right before then-President George W. Evangelicals still fear secular interference with sacred affairs.Finally, most shockingly to those of us raised in the unapologetic culture of fundamentalism, Bob Jones III appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to announce the school was dropping its interracial dating ban.The grandson of the school’s founder and president of the university, Jones explained to King that the ban, which had cost the school its tax exempt status in 1983, was part of the school’s resistance to “one world order.” Part of Biblical literalist doctrine, “one world order” is believed to signify the end of time, as governments, religions, and races come together and the antichrist appears on Earth.