Last October, news broke that Shorter University, a Christian college in Rome, Georgia, had decided to ask its employees to sign a controversial pledge that affirms that they are not engaging in homosexuality, among other forbidden activities. Now, after scores of employees refused to sign the document, the college, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, has reportedly received a massive number of resignations.
Rather than renewing their contracts with the private school, around 50 staffers (the NY Daily News reports that the number is closer to 60) refused to sign the “Personal Lifestyle Statement,” and simply decided to throw in the towel. The Christian Post has more:
Dr. J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, which Shorter is a part of, told The Christian Post that the “lifestyle statement” is consistent with the convention’s position.
“We have not taken a specific position related to the ‘lifestyle statement,’” said White, “but the history of our convention, which goes back to 1822, has approved many resolutions regarding homosexuality as a sin and alcohol use as ill-advised.”
Despite the outcry from some faculty and staff regarding the statement, White did not believe the measure would be overturned.
“I do not believe there will be any changes in the ‘lifestyle statement’ due to people who are opposed to it,” said White. “I think that at any educational institution the faculty and the administration are responsible for following the guidelines set by the board of trustees who provide this whole governance for the university.”
Plainly stated: the opposition to the regulatory mechanism isn’t likely to lead Shorter University to reverse course. Aside from forbidding an active role in a gay relationship, the lifestyle pledge also bans pre-marital sex, adultery and drug use and abuse. Additionally, employees are asked to be active members of a church and to live their lives as committed, Bible-believing followers of Jesus Christ. MORE HERE
QUESTION: Does anyone else have a very real problem with the idea of signing a “behavior pledge?”
Honestly, I went ballistic when I first read this, and I wasn’t really sure why! Was it the infringement into my privacy? Or was it just my rebellious Christianity kicking in? Sadly, I posted my views on another believer’s post, and she accused me of not being a “real Christian,” a pathetic cop out, in my opinion. While at first thought, I rebuffed the notion of contracting to allow the school into my bedroom, I certainly understand the belief that practicing homosexuals ought not be in positions of authority within a Christian institution. See, I’m of the opinion that we’re ALL sinners saved by grace, and that God’s priorities are not always the same as ours in regards to behavior changes. I guess it just seems to me, this one guy in the lead story had been in the library for 15 yrs. He happens to be gay. Now, it is my thought that a leader worth his/her salt is going to know the professors and those in positions of authority, and if there is any compromise in any of them, it is dealt with privately. I mean … feel me?