On March 11, 2021 many JBU students became concerned about a chapel service when political narratives seemed to become a main focus. Politically motivated messages distract from the gospel and cause division among the student body. This concern is sincere. This petition is simply stated: Take political narratives and agendas out of chapel. Chapel is not an appropriate environment to push a political ideology of any kind. Chapel should be the one place and time where all differences in political viewpoints are set aside, and the student body joins in one accord to worship Christ in reverence and honor by the study of His word and by song. It is inappropriate for political dogmas to be brought into this holy time. It is insulting to the listener in an environment of required attendance to listen to a politically motivated speech. Using the Bible and Jesus’s name to assert a political bias on others during chapel is unacceptable. The only appropriate manner to which politics should be related to the Bible in chapel is when the Bible explicitly speaks to the exact topic at hand. It is wrong, unwarranted, and undesirable for the JBU students and faculty to be required to listen to a political dogma pushed as “gospel truth”. Chapel should have the same goal as Christ for unity of Christians as Ephesians 2:14-16 states: “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.” The Bible is not a book to be interpreted by men based on their biases, but it is a book that interprets for men what their biases should be. The Bible through the Holy Spirit speaks for itself and does not need a man’s political interpretation to understand it. The Bible addresses issues of this current world and even political issues; however, the chapel speaker should only speak as one who speaks the very words of God (1 Pet 4:11). It is wrong and insulting when someone takes their own political bias and then uses the Bible to prop up their man-made assertions. These types of chapel services are greatly disturbing to many JBU students, as they should be to faculty, staff, parents, and donors of JBU. This petition requests that new rules be set in place that governs against political bias as in chapel services such as the March 11, 2021 event.
By signing this petition, you agree to take political narratives and agendas out of chapel.