A small Christian college in North Carolina (Franklin Graham's alma mater) just made the bold decision to require faculty and staff to agree with core biblical principles of traditional marriage and pro-life.
The decision has caused several members of Montreat College to not return after the school year closes in May. They say they cannot agree with the tenets, on grounds of not being "inclusive" or not wanting to be told what to believe.
This issue would not be imaginable 50 years ago, when signing a common pledge of belief would seem normal and good. But these days, the issues of homosexuality and abortion have seeped into the community of faith and are threatening to divide churches, schools, and families.
Here, Franklin Graham commends the school for taking an unpopular stance and putting the Bible first.
This instance underscores the power of the Supreme Court to make Christians' lives easy or hard in expressing their faith. Montreat's statement referenced religious institutions' current ability to make spiritual requirements, reports the Charlotte Observer:
“However, as a Christian institution of higher learning, U.S. law protects the freedom of religious educational institutions like ours to hire and employ ... based on sincerely held religious beliefs. These shared beliefs form the foundation of our Christian community.”
English teacher Corrie Greene, who refused to sign the covenant and will not be returning next year, embodies the spirit of a growing number of Christians who don't want adhere to a literal and communal understanding of the Bible.
“It says we must affirm and uphold the college’s specific spiritual stances in our full 24 hour/seven-day-a-week personal life,” said Greene, 44, who calls herself an evangelical Christian. “I can’t let somebody else write my personal testimony. In my faith, Christ is constantly showing me something new.”
To a more conservative group of Christians, "something new" should always be in line with the Scriptures. But this new wave of spirituality has melded with the culture's cry to "do what I want to do."
What do you think of Montreat's strong decision to put the Bible first, risking employee fallout? Share your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!