We’re living in transformative times. The country has moved away from Christian principles, and that migration includes institutions of faith.
Of course, there are differing iterations of Christianity; but the most traditional one is being fervently phased out.
Case in point: On Valentine’s Day, Gordon College welcomed speaker Marvin Daniels.
Marvin is the executive director of community development organization The Hope Center.
Per its official website, the Missouri nonprofit trains “high school, middle school, and elementary students from over 15 campuses across the city in servant leadership and character development.”
Marvin’s appearance was part of the Massachusetts Christian school’s “Deep Faith Week.”
In his address, he called to biblical living.
Based in 2 Corinthians, his talk touched on an adolescent hot spot: sexual morality.
According to the event’s transcript, Marvin took on the treacherous topic of transgenderism.
“We’ve got a culture in chaos,” he claimed. “And they’re trying to redefine sexuality for us. … What was appropriate before is no longer appropriate.”
“We’ve got individuals that say, ‘I feel like I’m a female,’ and they get a chance to participate in female activities. Back in the day, I wish that would work. I would’e been saying ‘I feel like a female’ so I [could] get into (the) girls locker room. Come on now.”
Might it have been the only time select young adults had heard such a hard-edged take?
Marvin made clear he’s not impressed with modern morality:
“Our sexual behaviors are being corrupted and co-opted. We’ve got individuals co-mingling what God has said with what the culture has said.”
The man even fired on females:
“It’s amazing to see that even in the church, my Christian brothers (are) out there treating young ladies like they’re urinals. And I am concerned about that. And I’m concerned about my Christian sisters who dress like they’re desserts on a menu. And then they get upset when a brother wants to place an order.”
Indeed, hides were old-school tanned.
Unsurprisingly, some students didn’t appreciate the dress-down.
In an email to The College Fix, Vice President of External Relations Rick Sweeney laid it out:
“Many students in the audience, particularly Gordon’s young women, reached out to members of the college’s leadership to complain about what they deemed a degrading and demeaning presentation.”
“While the source material was biblically grounded and very appropriate for a chapel service,” Rick wrote, “[Marvin’s] rhetorical style and illustrations — which may have been intended to connect with a younger audience — had the exact opposite effect.”
The Deep Faith series was set to serve three more messages by Marvin. But evidently, Gordon hadn’t wanted him to go very deep.
Therefore, the college canceled his remaining engagements.
We’re living in very brittle times. Past generations grew up on the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” — that is to say, the truth of it.
Contemporarily, perhaps, young people are more interested in acceptance and affirmation — of their “lived experience” and “personal truth.”
Students were so offended by Marvin, in fact, they’d organized a walk-out for his planned second February 14th appearance.
As described by Instagram account gossip.girl.gordon, protestors were prepared to “show Gordon that they cannot continue inviting someone who will spread more hate than love.”
Hate, the best I can tell, is what for several thousand years human beings called “disagreement.”
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However it’s now defined, Gordon wasn’t good with a nonnegotiable Gospel.
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ALANA, a student organization concerned with supporting students of color, shared details in a Feb. 14 Instagram post about a “solidarity rally” to stand with “the women and LGBTQA+ community that were traumatized by the degrading statements made in the chapel.”
In lieu of any further contribution by Marvin, Gordon President Michael Hammond announced he would take the urban reform expert’s place.
Rick Sweeney said the school “decided…it was best to move in a different direction for the remaining sessions of Deep Faith.”
In the aftermath, Marvin told the Fix he’d spoken to students with the hope of encouraging “a deeper faith and not to offend” them.
Given our new normal, I don’t believe both of those are possible.
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