When you take a stand for God, people are going to be upset:
Bryan College was founded on the back of the country’s most famous debate over creation and evolution.
And the biblical literalists, the stalwarts, the six-day creationists flocked here even when society began tipping toward a more scientific understanding of human origins, when Darwin, not Genesis, became the more convincing explanation for many.
But over the years, more diverse views on Genesis 1 and 2 crept in. Some professors, staff and students didn’t just identify as young-Earth creationists. Their views became more nuanced. They called themselves progressive evolutionists and theistic evolutionists and old-Earth creationists; they found ways to reconcile faith and science.
Now the administration is making a statement against these aberrations. The board of trustees is requiring professors and staff to sign a statement saying that they believe Adam and Eve were created in an instant by God and that humans shared no ancestry with other life forms. If they don’t sign, they fear that jobs could be on the line.
The people who are upset are those who have decided to pursue false teaching, either by willful choice or misguided thinking. Not everyone who chooses false teaching does so because they willfully want to be wrong. Some do not know any better and they do not know any better because the truth is not taught in their schools anymore.
Here are some complaints against Bryan College:
Another college feels it needs to take a “stand” on the Bible–meaning recommitting themselves to a view of the Bible that is inexcusable for an institution granting academic degrees, whether in Bible, the sciences, Christian thought, or anything else.
Bryan College is my alma mater and we are devastated by this development. The faculty is totally demoralized and some of the best and brightest will lose their jobs over this sudden change. The mark of a quality education is teaching students how to think, not what to think. Devoted Christians hold a variety of informed views around origins and the interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, and students deserve to be exposed to those views. Shutting out those who believe science and faith to be compatible does a grave disservice to students,…It seems to me that Christian education is at a crossroads. Some schools will move forward and remain academically relevant, while others will go the way of fundamentalism.
This is a dying tradition we are witnessing. More and more of these schools are doubling down on the creation issue as you illustrated here – being even more rigid in their view of the creation narrative. They are also competing for a shrinking population. And the irony is that they are creating that shrinking population by being so rigid.
The first questions that has to be asked is why are supposed Christians upset when Colleges take a stand for God’s word? That is a move they are to support not criticize. We have a problem in education alright but it is not with those who stand with God. The problem comes from those who do not believe God or his word.
We see this problem in the public school arena as well. Once secularists were successful in removing God from education, education went downhill and instead of blaming themselves and rectifying the error, they just keep pursuing non-solutions from their own well of thinking.
The second question that needs to be asked is, ‘ How can a person be a ‘devoted Christian’ yet claim the God they believe and follow– lied? Or, how can one be a devoted follower of a God who let unbelievers discover the truth then allow them to educate his followers?
That is not a God anyone should want to follow. People like Rachel Held Evans only want the good things of Christianity. They do not want to pick up their crosses and follow Jesus. Jesus never taught evolution, he taught creation. People like Mrs. Evans and Mr. Enns are fair weather friends to both Jesus and God.
They only stick around for the benefits but are nowhere to be found when the going gets tough.
The third question that needs to be asked is, ‘ Is it the rigidity of schools and churches that are driving people away from the church or is it the people’s desire for false teaching that leads them away?
Casting the blame upon taking a stand with God is just an excuse to justify their failure to take responsibility for their own decisions. God said–
12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No [a]servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [b]wealth.”
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.(Luke 16 NASB)
Now we can substitute the word ‘people’ for the word ‘Pharisees’ and the word ‘science’ for the word ‘money’ and we can keep the same context and meaning. Now the verse would read, ‘Now the people, who were lovers of science, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.”
The lesson doesn’t change with the changes of the key words. In today’s world people are lovers of science over God’s word and they do scoff at those who stand with God’s word and they are as wrong now as the Pharisees were in Jesus’ time.
BUT people do get to choose and if they choose science over God then it is not the fault of Bryan College or the church pastor or congregation who side with God’s word. The fault lies with the person making the choice. They decided to disobey God and listen to false teachers over the truth.
Academic freedom is not a biblical teaching and people should not be fooled by the attacks against the Bible made under this disguise. Christians are to learn the truth and the secular world does not have the truth.
So I am going to ask you to do something I rarely ask my readers to do– Pray for the administration of Bryan College and similar institutions asking God to keep them strong in their decision and not cave in to the pressure. Then send in words of support to them because our Christian leaders who stand with God need our support.
They cannot stand alone. (Sorry that I do not have the contact information handy but I am sure it is easy to find on the internet).