Of course, offensive speech by homosexuals and homosexual activists is never under attack at the postmodern liberal university. But Christian speech is. And too few Christians are both aware of what is happening and courageous enough to do something about it.
Recently, a Christian friend of mine said that Bible verses should not be allowed at all in our public university emails because they might be “offensive” to someone. But this is a weak and indefensible position.
Once the university has opened a forum and it has resulted in claims of personal “discomfort” there are only two reasonable responses: 1) The university can remain completely viewpoint neutral in any ensuing controversy. 2) They can shut down the forum entirely.
The middle position of banning only particular forms of religious and political expression is simply unacceptable. It is both legally and morally indefensible.
I waited entirely too long to respond to the report of a possible ban on Bible verses – and only Bible verses – in the university email system. But, when I did, my response involved two steps: 1) I added a signature line saying “Mike Adams, Jn316.” 2) I made certain that I sent emails to UNC administrators who had demonstrated a desire to ban all forms of forms of Christian expression at the university.
During a recent email exchange over a matter of official university business one of our lower-level administrators responded to my “Jn316” signature. She did so by changing hers to read “John, Paul, George, and Ringo.”
By taking the time to alter her signature just for me, this administrator demonstrated two things: 1) The amount of cattiness in a given department is directly correlated with the number of feminists it employs. 2) As stated previously, any reference to the name (or to a quotation) of Jesus arouses in the non-believer a dissonance that cannot be aroused by any other source.
Jesus arouses in the non-believer an unmatched dissonance because He spent his life pushing people’s buttons and questioning the status quo. He did not suffer fools lightly and had nothing resembling tolerance for Pharisaic hypocrisy. Were He walking the Earth today, He would likely reserve his harshest judgment for the hypocritical university liberal.
Jesus did not die on a cross in order to for us to live a life a comfort. His death obligates us to push people’s buttons as He would do were He walking the Earth today. We are not to do so despite the fact that it makes people feel uncomfortable. We are to do so because it makes them feel uncomfortable.
We must never miss an opportunity to cause discomfort among those who wish to ban the Name entirely. What better way to lead them down the road towards Damascus?
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