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A Costly Removal March 5, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Links.
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Joe,

I wonder if you saw this story from William and Mary College in Virginia.

Apparently a donor has decided to turn back on a $12 million pledge to the school, because of a decision that the school’s administrators made to remove the Cross from the campus chapel, so as to make the chapel more welcoming to students of all faiths.

Here’s what the president of the school said: “While I know it is intended to make a policy statement, ultimately it only hurts our students.” I think the president has missed the point. Being upset about the removal of the Cross is not a “policy statement”. It is a statement that we should glory in nothing but the Cross and Him who was crucified on it.

What really surprises me is that even the advocates of keeping the Cross do not seem to understand why removing it is so wrong, as they appeal to history and tradition as opposed to the glory of the Savior:

“Advocates of keeping the cross in Wren Chapel pointed to the school’s founding 300 years ago as an institution of the Anglican Church. The cross, they argued, should be displayed not only as a symbol of faith but as an acknowledgment of history and tradition.”

Then the last sentence of the article sums up the main issue:

“Nichol’s (the school’s president) supporters say the school, which has been public since 1906, is obligated to make people of different faiths feel comfortable.”

I can’t say I understand the logic here; doesn’t removing the Cross make some people — namely, Christians — uncomfortable? I suppose, then, that this decision was not made to make people of all different faiths feel comfortable, but only those faiths that are not Christianity.

Religious pluralism abounds, but it is good to know that God will not be mocked. The day is coming when every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11)

Larry

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