In the most recent issue of World magazine there was a very revealing article by J. C. Derrick entitled "Christian Crossroads: Higher Ed Coalition Begins to Fragment Over Gay Marriage." The article points out that that the CCCU could be set to lose several of its 122 members. Why? One example is Union University in Jackson, TN. Union--which the article claims is the oldest SBC university in the country--left the CCCU because , according to Union president Samuel Oliver claimed that CCCU appears to think that the church's engagement in illicit $eXuaL behavior is open for debate. Shirley Hoogsta, CCCU's president expressed her belief in marriage as a union between a man and a woman is not up for re-interpretation. This controversy, no doubt being reinforced by the recent SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage, is one reason why both Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College left the CCCU because both institutions of higher learning have recently changed their hiring policies to include persons in same-$eX marriages. It seems that these two once relatively evangelical in most of their traditions want to see the CCCU to alter its stance on traditional marriage. Charles Pollard, president of John Brown University urged the CCCU to remain firm in its biblical position on what constitutes marriage in God's eyes. Pollard went on to state that, "To be identified with an organization that fails to address [marriage-related] issues with a unanimous voice weakens our argument for a fundamental principle." Derrick's article went on to state that "The CCCU is the only association advocating for Christian higher education, but not all Christian schools are members of it for various reasons such as CCCU's rather demanding liberal arts criteria. Some presidents of Christian institutes of higher learning are considering forming a new organization that would reflect the views of lowering their schools' hiring standard to reflect a more modern outlook on contemporary society. ----------------------------------------------------- Another article in the same issue featured an interview by Marvin Olasky with political philosopher J. Budziszewski over the ever-increasing effects that Darwinism has had on today's college students. His point was that in many high schools and colleges, Darwinism has been promoted for so many years as a proven fact that man doesn't have to answer to a Divine Creator. Therefore this revolution in social morals that began in earnest in the 1960's is so well planted in many schools that were founded on biblical principles several decades ago that many students are now so confused over whether the traditional social morals of their more Bible-centered grandparents really what kept them together rather than the seeming lack of commitment to the marriage vows of their "Christian" parents--which has produced a divorce rate similar to than of non-Christian couples. While there are other contributing factors that may have an effect on our modern divorce rate, it would appear that the grandparents who based their marriages on the concept of life-long commitment to their marriage partners also seems to have produced marriages that seem to be more happy and fulfilled than that of the average Christian parents who got married in the era of "No-fault divorce." Budziszewski noted in this interview that, "We haven't a chance of getting people to live a Christian way of life if they think it is just a collection of joy-killing rules. What we should explain is that Christian morality is a prerequisite for happiness and that it makes us more free, not less--free to do what is good rather than being jerked around by desires. People need to have the vision of the good that temptation is pulling them away from." To me, these two articles alone are well worth the $60 per year for this bi-weekly magazine. You may want to check their website at www.wng.org for more details.