Progressive Revival

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Thereis a danger in our polarized society of loudly critiquing missteps by ourpolitical or ideological opponents and remaining silent when they do the rightthing.  

Today,Bob Jones Universityjust did the right thing and showed humility and Christian repentance that is bothdifficult and often lacking in politically-charged debates.  The university put out a statement admitting thattheir policies of banning black students until 1971 and banning interracial dating until 2005 had “conformed to the culture rather than provide a clear Christian counterpointto it.” They went on to say, “in so doing, we failed to accuratelyrepresent the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves.For these failures we are profoundly sorry. Though no known antagonism towardminorities or expressions of racism on a personal level have ever beentolerated on our campus, we allowed institutional policies to remain in placethat were racially hurtful.”

Bob Jones University has undoubtedly done plentyto harm the Christian witness…and being made up of fallen creatures like the rest of us, they will surely do so again in the future.  But today, they were faithful and true. 

I’m sure there will be those on the left who will argue thatthis was too little too late or who decide now is the time to pile onto this apology with demands forother changes to school policy.  But aswe head into the holiday week, I’ll be giving thanks for some brave students,faculty, and administrators at Bob Jones who put Christ first.

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