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Christian College Boards: Stay Strong on Sexual Ethics


“Please note:” the protest vigil warned, “prayers will be offered and some testimonies may include dimensions of God and religion. If this triggers you, take whatever precautions you need.

The demonstration was led by students from a Christian college, where it was hoped that the “dimensions of God and religion” would be both mundane and triggering (of rebuke, correction and instruction in righteousness) .

Student protests are not reliable indicators of institutional health. But in this case, the flyers and tweets promoting the student protest vigil at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, are an indication that something has gone wrong.

The candlelight vigil was held to protest against the decision of the board of directors of the SPU not to abandon its positions on human sexuality. The school’s “Employee Lifestyle Expectations” exclude “sexually immoral behavior that is inconsistent with Biblical standards.” A “Declaration on Human Sexuality” clarifies what these biblical standards are. At 758 words, the declaration of human sexuality is a robust model for other Christian organizations. It is not a list of dos and don’ts, but rather a solid theological framework affirming human creation in the image of God and “renounce[ing] the equation of sexuality with genital sex alone.

Of course, most of the attention these days is on the assertion of the statement that God wants the sexual experience to be celebrated only between a man and a woman in the marriage covenant. An adjunct nursing teacher sued the university in January, claiming he was denied a full-time position because …

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