100 years ago, any college that got the privilege of being visited by the Vice President would have been thrilled. What an honor. But now with the entitled Millennial culture, we have Christian students protesting the arrival of an incredibly strong Christian Vice President.
Quite descriptive of the interior strength of many college-aged students, one graduate of the small Christian school in Indiana, Taylor University, said of the possibility of Pence's arrival: The school "should be ashamed...I am physically shaking...I feel personally attacked."
Personally attacked is being persecuted and imprisoned for your faith, like those in Asia. Personally attacked is being wounded in combat. It is not being honored with a visit from a great man and the second-in-command of the most powerful nation in the world.
How can a group of Christian students be so off base? Franklin Graham has one strong explanation: they have bought into a lie. Here in a no-holds-barred Facebook post, Graham writes: "For the life of me I don’t understand this. Some students and alumni at Taylor University in Indiana, a Christian college, are objecting to Vice President Mike Pence speaking at their upcoming graduation commencement. They should be absolutely thrilled. But instead, this group started a petition to rescind the invitation because they say the Administration is 'not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear.'"
"What are these people smoking?" asks Graham incredulously. "This reminds me of Paul’s words, 'You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?' (Galatians 3:1). Vice President Mike Pence recently told CNN that he is 'a Bible-believing Christian.' Is that what they are objecting to? I appreciate the fact that Taylor’s president, Paul Lowell Haines, has stood firm on the decision to invite the vice president and publicly praised him as a 'good friend to the University over many years,' and 'a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.' There couldn’t be a better, more qualified, more inspirational speaker for graduates to hear from or a better example for them to follow in life. Thank you Mr. Vice President," concludes Graham's post.
The Taylor students' are piggybacking their outrage on gay presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who recently took a publicity punch at Pence, saying: "If me being gay was a choice, it was made far, far above my pay grade... That’s the thing that I wish the Mike Pence’s of the world would understand – that if you got a problem with who I am – your problem is not with me, your quarrel sir, is with my creator."
Graham also had a strong retort for that, saying in an earlier Facebook post: "To set the record straight, Mr. Mayor, the issue isn’t whether somebody has a problem with who you are—the issue is that we all have a problem with God because of our sin. And it applies to every single human being. God loves us, and the Bible says we are all sinners who need God’s forgiveness, which He offers if we repent and turn from our sin and put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t define sin, God does in His Word, the Bible. Using new terms like 'Progressive Christianity' and the 'Christian Left' may sound appealing to some, but God’s laws and standards do not change. He says, 'For I am the Lord, I change not.' I believe what the Bible says is truth."
Thankfully, Taylor University is standing firm on their invitation to Vice President Pence, and at least one alumni is very glad. "I was very nervous initially that the very vocal overwhelming minority might sort of sway Taylor to take a different stance so I'm very glad they're taking that solid stance," Kevin Holtsberry told Fox News.
"The vice president has very orthodox Christian beliefs - very traditional beliefs - that a vast majority of Christians believe. His political views are shared by a large section of America, so it's not a radical choice, and I think people should be able to engage and disagree with his views and do it in a mature fashion."
What do you think of the Taylor students' protest of Pence and Graham's chastisement of them? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!