News coming out of ELCA-affiliated California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks, California: “Cal Lutheran Student Senate Proposes Change to Pro-Christian Constitution.” (read here) Seems that the CLU student senate is proposing to take the phrase, "to further Christian growth" out of their constitution and replace it with the following: "to inspire the maturity of faith and reason in an environment of Lutheran tradition.” The article indicates that the student senate is doing this "in hopes of introducing more inclusive and encompassing language."
The student senate is trying to change the wording of the constitution from something that has a clear Christian emphasis to something much more ambiguous and universal.
Why are student leaders at an ELCA supported university attempting to distance themselves from helping to “further Christian growth?” The CLU community should embrace the Christian foundations of the school, or at least pretend to for their Lutheran donors’ sake. The student senate is acting like they are ashamed of being a Christian school. Jesus said, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." Mark 8:38
The more I read about ELCA colleges, (see here) the more I realize that these institutions have a greater interest in bringing the ways of the world into the schools rather than teaching Christianity and the truth of Scriptures and growing student’s Christian faith, providing a Christian learning environment.
Shouldn’t ELCA funded institutions be raising up students with strong Christian faith and values? Equipping and preparing students who are able to apply their Christian faith in their future careers and relationships? Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be the case.
I hope the students of CLU reject the proposed change to the constitution. We will see.
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1 Thessalonians 5:21
Former ELCA seminary student and former ELCA member who is fed up with the ELCA's consistent mockery of God's Word.
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