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I admire the American Family Association for its efforts to hold advertisers accountable for the television shows that they sponsor.  The AFA has had many successes over the years calling for boycotts of businesses that support programs that devalue and  denigrate conservative, Biblical values.  There is no question that the smut that has been served up on a platter to society through television has had a negative effect on families and our nation.

Perhaps those who are involved in the Nazarene church today, but feel frustrated for not being heard regarding the liberal influences of the emergent church movement on the university campuses might consider the same tactics as AFA.

If churches refuse to pay their budgets to the universities assigned to their district because of the liberal speakers allowed in to chapel schedules, and liberal professors/speakers allowed in to teach in special workshops or lecture series,  chances are good that these churches will make an impact and get the attention of  those who are supposed to be guarding the gate.

I think back to the actions of a few who became a mighty voice when Olivet had on its staff a professor who was teaching that evolution was compatible with Scripture.  The President had him removed.  Below is an excerpt from The American Association of University Professors report dated Jan. 15, 2009.

The AAUP report on Olivet Nazarene focuses on its May 2007 decision to suspend Richard Colling, a tenured professor of biology, from his usual responsibility of teaching a general biology class for nonmajors. The report concludes that the university took Mr. Colling out of the classroom and prohibited a book he had written from being used on the campus in response to objections by members of the Church of the Nazarene to his efforts to argue that belief in evolution is compatible with belief in God as creator.

The report says the university administration “placed a higher value on what the president calls constituent relations’ than on the principles of academic freedom to which the university itself claims to subscribe.”

By the way, I’m all for academic freedom, but when a professor teaches material that does not align with the beliefs of the institution, then it’s time to part ways.  Academic freedom would allow for the opposing view to be presented, but not in lew of the institutions stated beliefs  and stance on the topic.  The institutions beliefs must be upheld, respected, and not undermined.  That’s why parents invest thousands of dollars in their child’s education because they believe their values and beliefs will be held in ‘trust’.

If as a congregant, your church is not willing to withhold paying its budget to the universities, then perhaps you can redirect your giving directly to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries or World Missions to support a missionary of your choosing.  You should let your pastor and board know that until you see that the university assigned to your district is no longer allowing liberal speakers to present their views unopposed, and you no longer see contemplative prayer techniques and practices promoted on campus, you will send your full financial giving and support directly to NCM  or World Missions in support of a missionary.

If we had decided to stay in the Nazarene church, this is what we would have done.  We had to think of our two youngest children though, and get them into a youth group that taught directly out of the Bible and held a high view of the diety of Christ.

I pray that the people who are concerned about the church will not be afraid to take a stand.  Now is the time to act, before budgets are paid.

 

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