BJU issues statement on race

JP: Worthwhile read. I commend the leadership of Bob Jones University for this fine statement.

Statement about Race at Bob Jones University

Excerpts:

At Bob Jones University, Scripture is our final authority for faith and practice and it is our intent to have it govern all of our policies. It teaches that God created the human race as one race. History, reality and Scripture affirm that in that act of creation was the potential for great diversity, manifested today by the remarkable racial and cultural diversity of humanity. Scripture also teaches that this beautiful, God-caused and sustained diversity is divinely intended to incline mankind to seek the Lord and depend on Him for salvation from sin (Acts 17:24–28).

The true unity of humanity is found only through faith in Christ alone for salvation from sin—in contrast to the superficial unity found in humanistic philosophies or political points of view. For those made new in Christ, all sinful social, cultural and racial barriers are erased (Colossians 3:11), allowing the beauty of redeemed human unity in diversity to be demonstrated through the Church.

The Christian is set free by Christ’s redeeming grace to love God fully and to love his neighbor as himself, regardless of his neighbor’s race or culture. As believers, we demonstrate our love for others first by presenting Christ our Great Savior to every person, irrespective of race, culture, or national origin. This we do in obedience to Christ’s final command to proclaim the Gospel to all men (Matthew 28:19–20). As believers we are also committed to demonstrating the love of Christ daily in our relationships with others, disregarding the economic, cultural and racial divisions invented by sinful humanity (Luke 10:25–37; James 2:1–13).

Our sincere desire is to exhibit a truly Christlike spirit and biblical position in these areas. Today, Bob Jones University enrolls students from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries, representing various ethnicities and cultures. The University solicits financial support for two scholarship funds for minority applicants, and the administration is committed to maintaining on the campus the racial and cultural diversity and harmony characteristic of the true Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

JP: Below is a Scriptural statement on interracial marriage from Grace Church (John MacArthur):

What Is Grace Church’s View on Interracial Marriage?

Excerpts:

… nothing in the New Testament prohibits interracial marriage. Christians are at liberty to marry whomever they wish—as long as the other person is also a Christian (1 Corinthians 7:39).

We should realize from the start that there is only one human race. Scripture clearly says we all descended from Adam and Eve (cf. Gen 1-2; Matthew 19:4; Romans 5:12; 1 Cor 15:22). And one important passage says that God made of one blood all nations (Acts 17:26).

We believe that the potential for all the different features we humans have (skin, eye, and hair color, etc.) was present in Adam and Eve. Modern science has demonstrated that the genetic combinations to produce every shade of skin color, for example, could be present in one male and one female.

Scripture clearly reveals two major events since Creation that affected human genetics. The first event was the flood. Noah and his family were the only survivors of the antediluvian era, all others died in the flood, taking their genetic traits with them. So many features of the human race were cut off forever at the flood, while others were carried by the eight who survived in either homozygous dominant, homozygous recessive, heterozygous (i.e., mixed dominate/recessive) gene combinations.

Only four of the people on the ark (the women) had distinct genetic makeups that were separate from Noah’s (since his three sons would have shared the genetics of him and his wife). So of all the genetic possibilities initially present in Adam and Eve, the post-flood human race was rebuilt with only five separate gene “pools.” Scripture doesn’t tell us what these eight people looked like, but it is certain that every feature humans have today was brought into the world by them.

JP: Please-Reconcile.org (link below), a group mostly composed of Bob Jones University alumni, asked university officials to apologize for discriminatory policies.

please-reconcile.org

JP: Slate article quoting Tim Tsuei, a 1989 graduate of BJU, and leader from please-reconcile.org

Bob Jones’ president apologizes – University leader says on Web site that past racial policies were wrong

Excerpt:

The statement also satisfied Please-Reconcile.org, a group mostly composed of Bob Jones University alumni who were asking university officials to apologize for discriminatory policies.

“The statement is an excellent step in admitting past wrongs and expresses a clear, institutional commitment to true, biblical diversity in the body of Christ,” Tim Tsuei, an Oregon resident and 1989 graduate of BJU, said in an e-mail response to questions from The State. “We hope that the public will see a willingness to admit past wrongs, a commitment to true biblical practice and a new start in race relations at BJU. We understand that the consequences of sin cannot be erased overnight, but let me emphasize, as Christians, repentance is right whether or not other people are willing to forgive.”

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