Huffington Post on Bob Jones University

Very interesting. More generous and accurate than I have been led to expect over the years.

Non-Christian people in the U.S. have a tough time understanding and accepting that conservative Christians, on the whole, don’t look to politics for saviors as much as they do. At the same time, Dr. Gary Weier admits helpfully in this article that some evangelicals have become worldly in just that way: for them, politics is a do-or-die, vote for the Messiah or for Satan game.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Luke Seelenbinder on November 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I thought the exact same thing; Huffington Post seems to actually desire to portray BJU in an editorial-correct manner. And that’s unusual.

    To the subject at hand: I think many Christians (myself included) have looked to politicians and their policies to reform and restrain society in the past and are just now understanding the intrinsic impossibility. Only the Gospel can reform society; only Gospel-spreading Christians will ever affect society in any lasting, meaningful manner.

  2. Don Johnson on November 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I found this line curious:

    There has been no resolution to the discussions, but just the prospect of a shift
    has been enough to make other fundamentalists spew all manner of criticism, with conservative bloggers blasting the “landslide of liberalism” at the school, among the more printable epithets.

    Really? Those who disagree with the ‘liberalizing’ of BJU writing unprintable epithets? I would find that hard to believe. I can imagine those who criticize BJU from the left would be much more likely to fit this category.

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

  3. Mark L Ward Jr on November 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I think this marks the second time on this blog that I have fully agreed with Don Johnson! I noticed that, too. I think he may have been taking some poetic license.

  4. Mark L Ward Jr on November 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    One more FWIW: Note that this isn’t actually a Huffington Post story but a Religion News Service story.

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