Daily Archives: 13 Oct 2016

Liberty University Students Are Wiser than their President

Here is a statement from a movement on the Liberty University campus (and I assume among the Liberty University alumni) called Liberty United Against Trump:

In the months since Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him, Donald Trump has been inexorably associated with Liberty University. We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history. Donald Trump does not represent our values and we want nothing to do with him.

A majority of Liberty students, faculty, and staff feel as we do. Donald Trump received a pitiful 90 votes from Liberty students in Virginia’s primary election, a colossal rejection of his campaign. Nevertheless, President Falwell eagerly uses his national platform to advocate for Donald Trump. While he occasionally clarifies that supporting Trump is not the official position of Liberty University, he knows it is his title of president of the largest Christian university in the world that gives him political credentials.

Associating any politician with Christianity is damaging to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But Donald Trump is not just any politician. He has made his name by maligning others and bragging about his sins. Not only is Donald Trump a bad candidate for president, he is actively promoting the very things that we as Christians ought to oppose.

A recently uncovered tape revealed his comments bragging about sexually assaulting women. Any faculty or staff member at Liberty would be terminated for such comments, and yet when Donald Trump makes them, President Falwell rushes eagerly to his defense – taking the name “Liberty University” with him. “We’re all sinners,” Falwell told the media, as if sexual assault is a shoulder-shrugging issue rather than an atrocity which plagues college campuses across America, including our own.

It is not enough to criticize these kinds of comments. We must make clear to the world that while everyone is a sinner and everyone can be forgiven, a man who constantly and proudly speaks evil does not deserve our support for the nation’s highest office.

Jesus tells a story in the Bible about a man who tries to remove a speck of dust from his brother’s eye, while he has a log stuck in his own. “You hypocrite,” Jesus says, “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

We Liberty students are often told to support Donald Trump because the other leading candidate is a bad option. Perhaps this is true. But the only candidate who is directly associated with Liberty University is Donald Trump.

Because our president has led the world to believe that Liberty University supports Donald Trump, we students must take it upon ourselves to make clear that Donald Trump is absolutely opposed to what we believe, and does not have our support.

We are not proclaiming our opposition to Donald Trump out of bitterness, but out of a desire to regain the integrity of our school. While our president Jerry Falwell Jr. tours the country championing the log in his eye, we want the world to know how many students oppose him. We don’t want to champion Donald Trump; we want only to be champions for Christ.

Members of the Liberty University family are asked to sign this statement.


Lou Dobbs Needs to Lose His Job

His tweeting the personal info of sexual assault victims disqualifies him from all employment.  He is too indecent for words.

Bob Dylan… Nobel Prize… For… ‘Literature’…

Yeah ok.  Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize for literature ranks right up there with Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.  #BothAreAbsurd.  #TheCommitteeIsHigh.  #OnlyPeopleWhoAreHighCanListenToDylan

To My Academic Friends Struggling to Find Academic Jobs

Get thee to the Church, where your skills are desperately needed.  That is all.

The Bee Stings Tebow the Healer

During Wednesday’s game in the Arizona Fall League, former NFL quarterback turned baseball player Tim Tebow was called out on strikes to end his second at bat. According to reports, Tebow quickly turned and stared intensely at umpire Garrett Patterson, seemingly upset with the call. Witnesses state that Tebow then took a knee next to the plate.

“I wasn’t sure exactly what he was doing, but what happened next was a miracle,” Patterson told reporters.

As the Scottsdale Scorpions left fielder knelt in the batter’s box, he spat on the ground and began rubbing the spittle into the dirt. He then stood and faced the umpire, holding the paste in his hands, and asked him to remove his mask.

Patterson hesitantly removed his mask, and Tebow immediately rubbed the substance into his eyes. Witness report that Patterson raised his eyelids and small scales fell to the ground.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he told reporters. “Suddenly, my vision was so sharp, so clear. I don’t think anyone complained about a call the rest of the game.”

“When he called strike three on a ball that was clearly down and away, I knew he must be suffering from vision loss,” said Tebow. “Rather than argue the terrible call, I felt the Lord leading me to heal this man’s malady.”

When the game was over, each of the field umpires approached Tebow to ask if he could do the same for them, sources confirmed.


Reformation Thursday

The CHI has it’s latest post in their series about the Reformation.  Take a look.

This fall, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is presenting an exhibit dedicated to Luther and the Reformation (http://new.artsmia.org/luther/). It is worth seeing if you’re in the area, as the Mia is the only place it will be displayed in the United States! If you are unable to attend, an excellent catalog of the exhibit will be available for purchase; as a local (and an Mia member) I will be visiting the exhibit multiple times during its run. So stay tuned for my summary, which will appear on our blog!

The relationship between theology and art is the focus of my own work as a scholar and professor—and in my spare time it also occupies my work as the image researcher for Christian History. But as the quote above indicates, this relationship is not always simple. In the twenty-first century, our images may show up on Powerpoint slides; in the sixteenth century, they were statues, tapestries, paintings, and stained glass windows. The Catholic Church interprets the first commandment cited by Karlstadt above to be not a prohibition against images, but against polytheism (worshipping more than one God). Whereas the Reformed tradition considers “you shall not make any graven image” to be a distinct (that is, second) commandment, Augustine, and the Catholic Church with him, grouped the first three statements as one, related commandment: “I am the Lord your God…you shall have no other gods before me, you shall not make any graven image,” which invites the reader to define “graven image” in relationship to fidelity to God.

The Luther Exhibition at Emory

If you can go, go.  It’s fantastic.

From Here to There

I’m heading to Atlanta to visit the Luther Exhibition at Emory.  Stay tuned!