“Christian” Students Reject VP Pence

Posted on April 17, 2019


By David Ettinger

In a Rage!
Students and alumni of Taylor University – a small evangelical Christian school in Upland, Indiana – are raging. Their ire has been kindled because the college has invited Vice President Mike Pence to be their 2019 commencement speaker.

An online petition to rescind the invitation has garnered more than 4,000 signatures. In fact, one Taylor alum claims to be “physically shaking” and feeling “personally attacked” by the invitation.[1]

In America as we know it today, such dramatics are expected from secular colleges, but Taylor University is, as stated above, an “evangelical Christian school.” Therefore, their outrage is both galling to evangelical sensitivities, and a frightening foreshadowing of where Western Christianity is heading.

Contrary Ethic?
The focus of the Taylor University protest lies in the phrasing accompanying the petition that the “Trump-Pence Administrations policies” are “not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear.”[2]

What are the policies the Taylor protesters refer to? The petition doesn’t say,[3] but you can bet the house that the two prominent ones are LGBTQ rights and immigration. According to the Taylor “evangelicals,” Mr. Pence’s policies don’t measure up to their “Christian” ideals.

Jesus’ Teaching
The scary thing here, and again I state it, is this is supposedly an evangelical Christian school. What separates “evangelical” Christians from “merely proclaiming” Christians is that evangelicals believe in the absolute authority of the Bible and uphold it.

Taylor University’s logo

We agree that Jesus teaches His followers to display love, compassion, tenderness, and generosity to all people, and we should strive to do so. But Jesus also taught that sinful behavior needs to be repented of, that disobedience to God’s ordained Word is sin, and that those who die in their sinful states – that is – never having confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior – will be sentenced to an eternity in Hell.

And yes, Jesus spoke of Hell – often! Jesus also spoke of judgment – often! Read the Beatitudes of Matthew Chapters 5-7. Read Matthew Chapter 24. Even in the beloved John 3:16, Jesus speaks about those who will perish – that is, those whose souls will be forever condemned.

But this is not what the Taylor “evangelicals” want to hear, and what they will not accept.

The Next “Christian” Generation
I have seen it more and more as a Bible teacher of 20-something-year-olds; as a 30-plus-year evangelical Christian who has watched people in my age range (I’m 61) crumble under societal pressure to be more accepting of unbiblical behavior; and from those claiming to be “Christians” who clearly aren’t. (Read my blog: “Lady Gaga: A Christian Woman.”)

Those falling into these categories are charter members (at least in thought) of what’s known as the “Christian Left” – a branch of “Christianity” which exalts the more loving and compassionate parts of Jesus’ teaching, but totally, recklessly, and heinously ignores the numerous instructions regarding sin, judgment, and punishment.

To this growing branch of the faith, true Christianity is to cherry-pick the Bible, reducing it to but a shell of its entirety, and spreading the Gospel of accepting everyone and every philosophy in the name of “Christian love” no matter how contrary to God’s Word they are.

This is all reflected in the “Christian” outrage against Vice President Pence, and is the direction modern-day Western Christianity is heading. It is a Christianity which embraces the culture just as it is, refusing to “judge” or call out sin.

The apostle Paul wrote: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). The “Christianity” of 2019 replies: “Stuff it, Paul. We’ll conform as much as we please, and will do so until no one will be able to tell the difference between we ‘Christians’ and everyone else!”

This is where we’re heading, but our Lord is still sovereign, and His will, will indeed be done!

[1] https://www.foxnews.com/us/pence-taylor-university-commencement

[2] Ibid.

[3] https://www.change.org/p/taylor-university-president-paul-lowell-haines-protest-vice-president-mike-pence-at-taylor-university-commencement-ceremony