American Evangelicalism has nothing to offer to the Kingdom if personal testimonies given at Christian colleges now have to be followed by prostration before the zeitgeist:
Students sat on the front steps of Edman Chapel holding signs and singing on Friday morning, Jan. 31, in a demonstration of solidarity and a desire to be heard before chapel guest Rosaria Champagne Butterfield gave her testimony and address to the Wheaton College community.
The demonstration, named “More Than a Single Story” by its organizers junior Justin Massey and sophomore Jordan-Ashley Barney, featured students holding signs that said “We’re all loved by God,” “This is not a protest,” “Rosaria’s story is valid, mine is too,” and “I’m gay and a beloved child of God. This is my story,” among many others. The students remained on the steps until just before chapel began, at which point they prayed together and then entered into the chapel to hear the message. Plans for the demonstration were formed on Wednesday, when Barney and Massey learned about Butterfield’s coming to Wheaton and heard from friends about their concern for the possibly negative impact that Butterfield’s story could have on Wheaton students.
What is Butterfield’s story? Oh, just one of conversion and repentance. One has to wonder if Massey and Barney would have protested had the only story told on that day been one akin to Andrew Sullivan’s. Those caught up in the zeitgeist don’t seem to truly desire an abundance of varied stories; after all, they are compelled to protest when one comes upon them and increasingly attempt to reduce the likelihood of one sneaking out.
Remember that time when Jesus, after calling people to repentance, then spent the day apologetically listening to his detractors tell him that His isn’t the only way? Yeah, me neither…
By the way, here is the Mission Statement and Motto of Wheaton College:
Wheaton College serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.
This mission expresses our commitment to do all things – “For Christ and His Kingdom.”