What the hell, Christians?

Andrews University in Berrian Springs, Mich., shut down a bake sale that would have benefited an organization that helps LGBT youth who are homeless. From Blue Nation Review, an email from Andrews’ dean of student life (emphasis mine):

I think the most helpful thing I can do is to draw your attention to the fundraising policy found in the Student Handbook. It simply states that funds may be raised for non-profit organizations “whose mission and practices do not conflict with those of the University.” I think the judgment in this case is that there may be a perceived conflict between the mission and practices of Andrews University and those of Fierce Chicago – certainly not in their efforts to aid homeless youth, but in their approach to the LGBT issue, at large.

I hope this will be helpful. If a way can be found to serve LGBT homeless youth through an organization that more fully reflects the University’s mission and the stance of our denomination (which clearly calls for exhibiting compassion toward LGBT persons), let’s explore that.

Maybe I’m not reading for comprehension here, but how. The hell. Does helping homeless youth conflict with the university’s mission? Regardless of orientation, how. The hell. Does this effort conflict with a Christian mission? The school is named for Seventh-Day Adventist minister John Nevins Andrews, and here is that denomination’s stance on gay/lesbian rights.

Read your Book, Andrews University.

 

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  1. They need to look at the mission as stated on the Seventh Day Adventist website, which includes:

    “Unity in the Body of Christ Z14
    The church is one body with many members, called from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. In Christ we are a new
    creation; distinctions of race, culture, learning, and nationality, and differences between high and low, rich and poor, male
    and female, must not be divisive among us. We are all equal in Christ, who by one Spirit has bonded us into one fellowship
    with Him and with one another; we are to serve and be served without partiality or reservation. Through the revelation of
    Jesus Christ in the Scriptures we share the same faith and hope, and reach out in one witness to all. This unity has its source
    in the oneness of the triune God, who has adopted us as His children. (Rom. 12:4, 5; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Matt. 28:19, 20; Ps.
    133:1; 2 Cor. 5:16, 17; Acts 17:26, 27; Gal. 3:27, 29; Col. 3:10-15; Eph. 4:14-16; 4:1-6; John 17:20-23.)”

    From: http://www.adventist.org/fileadmin/adventist.org/files/articles/official-statements/28Beliefs-Web.pdf

    I didn’t write this. Their church did. They should follow it and stop trying to act like they are God.

  2. Related:
    Pastors oppose lesbian bishop speaker at Baptist college:

    “It’s sad that people use religion and idolatry of the Bible to demoralize same-gender-loving people,” American Baptist College President Forrest Harris said in response to criticism involving the decision to allow a lesbian bishop to speak there.

    “When people say (the Bible) is synonymous with God and the truth,” he said. “We can’t be guided and dictated by a first-century world view.”

    Then…there’s the The Utah Compromise, (or…close enough for government work):

    Utah lawmakers and Mormon Church leaders celebrated a landmark moment Wednesday night, when a bill banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people passed the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

    The bill, which has been called the “Utah compromise,” aims to protect people in the LGBT community from employment and housing decisions based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, while still shielding religious institutions that stand against homosexuality. It does not deal with the more controversial question, however, about whether a business can deny services because of religious convictions, such as a wedding photographer who objects to shooting a same-sex wedding.

    No compromise in Indiana:

    The Indiana Senate passed a measure[Feb 3] that would allow religious-affiliated organizations such as hospitals and universities to discriminate against employees based on religion, even if they receive state contracts.

    Indiana’s governor has yet to sign the bill.

    If I was Jesus, God forbid, I would be more than a little upset about the discord over what appears to be a reasonably clear Message. From what I’ve read, there’s no Prime Directive or anything disallowing the use of a few well-placed lightning bolts.

      1. And yet, the real existing war on Christianity is met with silence.
        At Foreign Policy:

        In the Middle East, the Islamic State is crucifying Christians and demolishing ancient churches. Why is this being met with silence from the halls of Congress to Sunday sermons?

        So yeah. What the hell!??!

  3. I’m wondering why there isn’t a global movement to abolish religion, in the name of God & humanity…

    “I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”

    1. I don’t think abolishing religion is possible. I’m not even convinced it’s desirable.
      Religion™, on the other hand, is seriously out of control.

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