Volleyball Players Bump Faith into the Spotlight
By Tony Perkins
What’s surprising about a Christian school espousing Christianity? A whole lot, if the latest controversy at Erskine College is any indication. The South Carolina school is at the center of a ridiculous firestorm this week after its response to the “coming out” of two female volleyball players. The girls, who officially announced they were lesbians on a LGBT website last year, prompted the school to adopt a “Statement of Human Sexuality” in line with the Bible’s teachings on the subjects.
“We believe the Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage,” school officials explained. “We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.”
For reasons unknown, the idea that a Christian college would take a public stand on morality came as a shock to some. Angry liberals unloaded on Erskine on social media accusing the school of discrimination. Others called for the college to be dropped from NCAA sports altogether. For those who still think the drivers of this radical sexual revolution are content with a “live-and-let-live” policy, this is more evidence of how wrong that thinking is. If a Christian institution of higher learning that bases its teachings on biblical truth is attacked, nobody’s safe.
And we, as Christians, are partly to blame. Too many churches have all but abandoned the conversation on sexuality — and not just homosexuality but proper heterosexuality. Very few messages today call Christians (young and old) to pure and holy living of any kind.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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