Al Mohler (.com): Will Christian colleges survive? Will colleges and universities that hold to historical biblical definitions of gender and sexuality and marriage be forced into the academic wilderness? What about American collegiate sports? Will conservative Christian schools be ruled out of bounds?
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10
These are real and urgent questions. Christians in the United States now face the reality that open hostility to our convictions is now leading to public calls for Christian colleges and schools to be marginalized and excluded from organizations such as the NCAA.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18
Just consider a recent article at ForTheWin, part of USA Today Sports. This article will knock you off your feet. It is an outright attack on biblical commitments and a public call for the NCAA to eliminate Christian schools from post-season play, and even from membership.
“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:17
There has been no article that underlines the significance of where we stand in the LGBTQ debate like the column by Hemal Jhaveri for USA Today. The headline read, “Oral Roberts University Isn’t the Feel Good March Madness Story We Need.”
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” 2 Timothy 3:12
The article chronicles the unexpected triumphs of the men’s basketball team at Oral Roberts University, a Christian university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team not only made its way into the NCAA tournament, but it then defeated Ohio State and the University of Florida to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. That in and of itself is big news in the realm of sports and for the small Christian University, which almost assuredly did not expect to find itself in this Cinderella story scenario.
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Matthew 5:44
Jhaveri, on the other hand, says, “not so fast”—this is not the Cinderella tale we need. Why? Because, according to Jhaveri, the NCAA should never have permitted Oral Roberts to participate in the national tournament, due to the institution’s apparently bigoted, out-of-date, homophobic, prejudicial views on marriage, gender, and sexuality. Read More
(Oral Roberts University is one of the largest and most influential Christian universities in the world)