This year Vanderbilt University implemented a “non-discrimination” policy that essentially bans Christians on campus from forming clubs. It puts these groups in an untenable position—allow homosexual members (and even officers!) or lose their ability to meet on campus. As Al Molher chronicled here, it is a policy that intentionally targets the conservative Christian groups that used to be allowed to meet on campus.
It may be called the non-discriminatory policy, but its goal is to force “total inclusivity” for everyone except Christians. It compels religious organizations on campus to either deny their beliefs to remain on campus, or affirm their beliefs and be kicked-off of campus.
Vanderbilt University is a fifteen minute drive from the church I pastor. It is a campus I pray for not only because of its proximity, but because our college ministry has many students from there. It has a place close to my heart.
And for that reason, I have a message for the faculty of Vanderbilt:
THANK YOU. Thank you so much for implementing this policy, because you have taught my church members who are students at your campus things I couldn’t have taught them in years, and you have done that in just a summer.
This demonstration of white collar persecution has succeeded in lighting a fire under their faith. Essentially, you have brought the gospel to life for them. You have turned these students into fervent prayers for Vanderbilt, interceding for the students there and for the gospel. You have provoked them into becoming fervent evangelists. They know now first hand that they are surrounded by people who are alienated from God. The fact that Christian groups are no longer allowed to meet on campus provides incontrovertible evidence that their campus leaders are hostile towards Christ and His church.
You have given them a small and appropriately Americanized view of what opposition to Christ’s church looks like. It has caused the students who love the Lord to realize that college is not a game, but an opportunity to reach the lost.
We are just excited, and I just wanted to officially thank you.
I want to invite any believers at Vanderbilt who have been marginalized, pushed off campus, and told you can not organize with freedom (like you would be allowed to in the rest of the country) to join us. We will worship with you and we will love you.