Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
" ... to call it to more openness and hospitality." Wess Daniels
In a recent letter , Wess Daniels shared his decision to no longer teach a seminary course at George Fox University because GFU conditioned his position on his willingness to conform to the institution's (his employer) rule that he no longer discuss a particular issue publically.
A person can respect Wess' decision remove himself from his teaching association with his employer to freely express his conscience publically. A person can also respect GFU's openness and hospitality concerning Wess' public statements against the institution on a specific issue. GFU demonstrated openness and hospitality by offering a compromise it was comfortable with; which Wess rejected. It is Wess' right to speak conscience as it is GFU's right to regulate employee speech.
Wess' use of the outward ideas of openness and hospitality against GFU manifests a commensurate lack of openness and hospitality.
Sometimes the best result is to cordially disassociate. Affirmation of Christ's presence in a given circumstance does not, of necessity, mean one or the other are in complete unity.
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