on July 30th, 2013
May 10, 2012
Dear Biola Community,
A biblical worldview is the foundation of the Biola community and Biola University. We aim to be a Christian community of grace. We do not ask each other to be perfect, but we endeavor to be people in active pursuit of biblical truth and growth to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. We strive to lead with conviction and courage, in part by being willing to participate in open conversation about challenging topics. Scripture teaches us to engage our culture, not to isolate ourselves from it (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Human sexuality has been a topic of ongoing conversation for our community in small groups and larger settings over the past ten years. Recent conversations and posts around our campus have once again caused me to reflect on how we need to continue this conversation in a Christ-honoring way. As one student told me in an email today, “please address this issue with wisdom and sensitivity, not feeding drama, but neither eschewing the issue.”
A renewed discussion is made all the more timely due to North Carolina voters’ constitutional affirmation of traditional marriage on Tuesday and President Obama’s public endorsement yesterday of same-sex marriage. Just today, as part of its regularly scheduled meeting, the Biola Board of Trustees reviewed and approved a statement on human sexuality that has been in preparation for 18 months. You can now read the Biola University Statement on Human Sexuality.
We lament the insensitive and callous treatment that students experience working through same-sex attraction, orientation, and identity. All members of the Biola community are expected to treat one another with kindness and respect. Insults, slurs and derogatory speech have no place in a Christian community. A primary goal of Biola is to come alongside each member of this community to help them see God in the midst of his or her unique story and discern how to walk with God and others along the way. Resources in this regard are available across this community, and directly through Student Development. Please avail yourself of these resources if you need a place to talk and be heard.
In the coming academic year, we will have focused dialogue and campus-wide educational forums on human sexuality. Biola sees this as an opportunity to live out what it means to be a learning community of grace and love.
May our prayer be that God would be evident in our words and actions and that Christ would be given all glory and honor.
In God’s Grace,
Barry H. Corey