By now most of you are aware that Bob Jones University has announced that its seminary will be sponsoring a conference on sexual abuse and the church.
While our first response may have been, “You’ve got to be kidding me?”
Sadly, Our second response is more reasonable. This is exactly what is to be expected from Bob Jones University. This is BJU’s Modus Operandi. A change, or a step in the right direction would be to have Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) come in and hold this conference on sexual abuse and the church. A change, a step in the right direction would require all adminstrators, faculty/staff, and those teaching in the seminary to attend. Most importantly requiring that Jim Berg attend!
A step in the right direction would be for the University to invite those out here who the University has failed in this area to speak without interrupting. Then apologize, and humbly seek ways to correct what happened in the past. To avoid the same mistakes continuing into the future.
I will leave you with a thought that expands on this quote from Garrison Keeler
Bob Jones University,
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than sitting in the garage makes you a car. Having a conference of sexual abuse where some of the people you invite to speak are the same people who have done much hurt and damage to survivors won’t convince us you have changed. Your beliefs don’t make you good people, your behaviors do. Your words mean nothing because your actions are the direct opposite. Having true faith in whatever you believe must be shown through actions.