"A Good Example"
October 12, 2011
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
For want of a better term, I have labeled this week "Circus Week." In the last ten days Daily Devotion readers have inundated me with ideas they think would make a good devotion. I agree. But why call it Circus Week? The title comes from a layperson who said, "In many places the church isn't Christ's Church ... it is a circus." Next week the devotions return to our regular style. Pastor Klaus
The third act of Circus Week finds us at stately Vanderbilt University.
There the school's administrators have placed four Christian student groups on "provisional status" because they are not in compliance with the school's policy of nondiscrimination.
The truth is the organizations are probably guilty as charged.
You see, they believe a leader of a Christian organization ought to be, well, ought to be a Christian. The school believes otherwise. Indeed, they believe, at least in theory, an atheist or an agonistic, a Jew, Muslim or Buddhist should be able to lead these groups.
I wonder if the administrators would be willing to use the same policy for themselves. For example, aren't they being discriminatory in saying their professors need to be literate; aren't they being discriminatory in accepting only the best high school students and athletes; isn't a teacher being discriminatory when he says two plus two must equal four? Shouldn't any number be equally acceptable?
Here's one: isn't the school being close-minded by demanding these groups be open-minded?
The truth is this: Christianity is not an open-minded religion. Even our Savior is not entirely open-minded.
Look a second time at the text above. In that short sentence Jesus makes the claim that only Holy Spirit-given faith in His blood-bought salvation has the ability to forgive and save. You will note that the Savior was hardly being open-minded when He said those words.
No, Jesus wasn't being open-minded, but He was telling the truth.
If anyone wishes to be saved, his feet must be directed to the true and only pathway of faith and forgiveness: the true pathway opened for us by the Savior's innocent suffering, death and resurrection.
It is the truth which any person or institution of higher learning ought to be glad to possess and promote -- including the administration of Vanderbilt University.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, how sad it is when institutions of higher learning prefer to push political correctness over divine truth. In spite of what they might hear in the classroom, may our young people trust the Administrator of the universe over the administration of their school. Grant to these young people the gift of discrimination so they may know and believe the promises of their Savior. This I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries