Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A homophobic email from Wheaton College

This morning I received an email "prayer request" from my alma mater Wheaton College:
I write to ask you for your prayers.

On Thursday and Friday of this week we will be visited by a group of homosexual activists traveling on a bus tour across the United States to various Christian college campuses. Their agenda is to draw negative media attention to institutions who maintain an historic biblical stand on the issue of homosexuality. This, of course, Wheaton does. (See Wheaton's Community Covenant) Hence our place on their list of targeted institutions.

We did not invite these visitors to our campus. But since they are intent on coming anyway, we decided to make a virtue out of a necessity by turning their coming into a teaching opportunity for our students. Given the ongoing changes in our culture, today’s students are potentially facing a lifetime of confrontations over the issue of homosexuality. What should be their Christian response? We have endeavored to prepare our students to respond to these visitors with the biblical balance captured in the injunction to “speak the truth in love.”

Wheaton’s provost, Dr. Stan Jones, a psychologist who has done extensive work in the area of human sexuality, has prepared a biblical rebuttal to the false teaching of this group. (See “CACE Resources on Homosexuality”) These and other written materials, along with various scheduled meetings and chapels, have been devoted to helping our students understand the many issues and shape a balanced Christian response. This process has been highly educational for all involved.

After this event is over, we will let you know how it went. In the meantime, please pray for us, asking that God will be glorified, His truth will be upheld with grace and humility, and our Christian witness to a watching world will be an effective one.

Thank you.

Duane Litfin
Wheaton College


Alexa Doebele said...

Yikes! I'm so sorry your alma mater slapped you in the face like that. I guess the silver lining is that they plan to "react in love," which so many conservative Christian groups do not, but that lining is small. I'd be curious as to the conclusions this psychologist has come up with regarding homosexuality. I wonder if there are other gay Wheaton alums with whom you might band together? I'll be praying for the people of Wheaton, but not for what they want. :-)

g-sam said...

Phooey!!! Highly disappointing and creepy - I'm so sorry! Are you going to write a letter?

Jericho said...

Thanks, treb & g-sam! I've had a response brewing in my head all day -- I'll post it if I come with something pithy!

phin said...

ugh. that just so... sad. sorry.