My husband and I both spent our formative years in Southern Baptist churches—the same denomination Belmont University broke away from in 2007.  Neither of us can recall a verse in the altar call standard, “Just As I Am,” listing exceptions for whom Christ will and will not save.  Maybe it was in that pesky third verse every SBC church seems to skip.

The example of Christ doesn’t offer much in the way of evidence that He would discriminate, either.

After Coach Howe’s forced resignation following news of her partner’s pregnancy, it’s tempting to reach back into Leviticus and test for other “unbiblical” behaviors that other Belmont employees haven’t been pressured to resign over.  Premarital sex?  Becoming drunk?  Enjoying a bacon cheeseburger?  Wearing a poly-cotton blend?

Except, that would be doing what the Belmont administration did, what Jesus tells us not to do in Matthew 7:1-5:

Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.
For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your neighbor, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

It’s my hope that the Belmont administration and board of trustees will take the actual words of Christ to heart, now and in the future, as it strives to be a “Christ-centered” university.

2 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    Thanks for this. It’s a discussion worth having and a story that must be told.

    I don’t know the parties involved very well but I’ve seen this kind of thing many times in Christian organizations I’ve been part of.

  2. I’m not aware of Belmont’s official status, but if it’s still a private Christian organization I think they can do this, but since they broke from any sort of Christian backing I don’t know if they can, legally. Morality aside, I think it’s more a legal issue than anything else.