Farce

wcWhat should have been a serious theological discussion devolved yesterday into something of a farce. Larycia Hawkins, who has taught political science at Wheaton College, now could be fired by the evangelical school for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the “same God”–and for refusing further dialogue with the administration that hired her. Hawkins, with Jesse Jackson at her back, now claims she will not bow to Wheaton’s “intimidation,” while Jackson praises her as an “everyday Rosa Parks.”

Really? I have worked at Wheaton and know some of its leaders. These kinds of charges are not only untrue; they’re ludicrous. This has nothing to do with race. Wheaton’s commitment to diversity in hiring and in recruiting students is unquestioned. I’ve seen it first hand. I’m sure when Hawkins was hired that the administration considered her a feather in the school’s cap. After all, she’s a dream come true for any institution seeking diversity: accomplished, black, and a woman. For Hawkins now to accuse the school of bigotry is especially rich.

I expect that Wheaton College, despite such grandstanding by Hawkins, Jackson, et al, will continue to treat this issue with the seriousness and dignity it requires.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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