Although not formally connected to any established church, Converse College has been recognizably Christian since its founding in 1889. This year, I felt betrayed by my alma mater’s decision to transform the baccalaureate ceremony, traditionally Christian, into a service celebrating “diversity.” The ceremony included presentations by Buddhists, Muslims and agnostics in addition to Christian speakers.
By trying to celebrate “unity in diversity,” the administration is following a trend that idolizes diversity, as if combining various beliefs — many of which are mutually exclusive — can constitute truth. If we wish, like the Romans, to construct a pantheon of diverse and conflicting deities and beliefs, our own country will surely fall.
I love my alma mater, but I felt compelled by conscience not to attend the baccalaureate ceremony. Christ’s Gospel cannot be made to conform to the world for the sake of diversity its truth substituted for “liberation” theologies. The Gospel is the same in all ages, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and only his mercy and love can restore our country.
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