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I have my own theories, as well, but today I am just delighted that nearly 100 years after it’s founding, a little light has shown through the chinks of BJU’s racist and segregationist past. At Bob Jones University, Scripture is our final authority for faith and practice and it is our intent to have it govern all of our policies.As believers, we demonstrate our love for others first by presenting Christ our Great Savior to every person, irrespective of race, culture, or national origin.This we do in obedience to Christ’s final command to proclaim the Gospel to all men (Matthew –20).For the first time in the school’s history, Bob Jones University observed Martin Luther King Jr. That’s a pretty big deal for a fundamentalist Christian school that didn’t even accept black students until the 1970s and banned interracial dating until as recently as 2000 because “it breaks down the barriers God has established.” To be sure, they didn’t exactly “celebrate” anything today. Jeffrey Hoffman, the Executive Director of BJUnity (an LGBT-affirming group for BJU alumni and students), said this is a big deal for the campus even if it may not seem like much outside that bubble.They just closed the campus, which is a small way of acknowledging the federal holiday. When I was growing up at BJU, there was not a single name mentioned, when it was mentioned, with more revulsion than the name of Martin Luther King, Jr.For those made new in Christ, all sinful social, cultural and racial barriers are erased (Colossians ), allowing the beauty of redeemed human unity in diversity to be demonstrated through the Church.The Christian is set free by Christ’s redeeming grace to love God fully and to love his neighbor as himself, regardless of his neighbor’s race or culture.
During Bush's appearance at the fundamentalist Christian school last month, the Texas governor told his audience that he shared their views.And rather than meet Pope Joh Paul II when he visited Columbia in 1987, Bob Jones Jr.