Pastor Don Wolan

Pastor Donald Wolan
Downriver Christian Community Church
Melvindale, Michigan

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Ethos of Intolerance!

While driving into Detroit, I was mesmerized by a highway billboard near the entrance ramp. The billboard was sponsored by Eastern Michigan University, and it announced their "Ethos Week" program, which ran from March 12th to March 16th of this year. In 2006, the faculty of the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University decided that they wanted to develop a strong statement of the ethics and values that represented the spirit of the College of Business. They planned a week of "activities" intended to promote business ethics and to further ethics education. The ideas being promoted were very good, except for a little fact that goes unnoticed by most people. That fact is this: in order to have a business ethical code, different people must recognize and agree to some type of common ethical code in the first place! Also, ALL ethical codes are derived from someone's religious belief! ALL societies have some sort of ethical code that is derived from their religious views as to what actions constitute "right" and  "wrong"! If the Christian "ethical" code is no longer acceptable to society, where did the university get its code from? It sure did not materialize out of nowhere ex nihilo! This is why the sign caught my attention and sparked a nauseating response in me when I saw it.

Signs-5 Man Electrical Band
And the sign said long haired freaky people need not apply
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said you look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do
So I took off my hat I said imagine that, huh, me working for you


Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house, Hey! what gives you the right
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in
If God was here, he'd tell you to your face, man you're some kinda sinner

Now, hey you Mister! can't you read, you got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can't even watch, no you can't eat, you ain't suppose to be here
Sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside


And the sign said everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all,
I didn't have a penny to pay, so I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said thank you Lord for thinking about me, I'm alive and doing fine

Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, cant you read the sign!

In case you don't know, Eastern Michigan University has been involved in an "ethical" lawsuit involving one of its former students. Let me set the table for you in regard to the background of the lawsuit. A young Christian African-American woman by the name of Julea Ward was in the EMU Master's Counseling Program when she was assigned a counseling case involving a young homosexual man. She never refused to counsel the young man about his sexual orientation - she just refused to affirm his current sexual lifestyle! She approached the head of the counseling department with a request that the case be handled by someone whose "ethical" base beliefs would not be in conflict with the young man's or the university's "ethical code." When the head of the counseling department refused to allow this simple requested courtesy, it set off a chain reaction of nuclear proportions. Julea's path took her down the road of department inquisitions and rebukes. Finally, after jumping through numerous departmental and university hoops with an appearance of a just and fair investigation and hearing, Julea was dismissed from the Master's counseling program, needing only a few additional credits to graduate. Julea sued the university and was recently allowed the right to continue the lawsuit through the U.S. Court System. Eastern's action against Julea was supported publicly by University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Several other want-to-be "cultural relevant universities" also sided with Eastern Michigan University in its righteous crusade.

 I went to the website of EMU and looked at their College of Business Ethos Statement. I'm sure this "ethical" statement reflects the "ethical" position of the university as well as other "professional" disciplines inside and outside the university. Read the following statement along with my comments concerning the"ethical standards"!

College of Business Ethos Statement

Integrity is practicing in all areas of life what we profess to believe. It is commitment to professional standards in the whole person.

  • When Julea tried to practice what she believed, she was ridiculed, rebuked, and dismissed from the program.
  • It is committed to professional standards in the whole person! What is the standard and who decided that the "standard" should be the professional standard?
Honesty requires respect for the truth; it means being truthful, sincere, and straightforward.

  • Respect for the truth - Whose truth? What is truth? How about some respect for Julea's religious "truth" commitment? Wasn't Julea truthful, sincere, and straightforward when she brought her concerns to the head of the counseling department at the university?
Growing out of integrity and honesty, trustworthiness is the confidence others have that we mean what we say; we can be counted on.

  • Can anyone "trust" what these people have to say or do in the future when they violated their own standard of  Respect, Learning, Integrity, Honesty, and Work Ethic by failing to live and apply these values to the case of Julea Ward?
Respect is deference or esteem for what we value. We recognize others' worth as ends, not means. Respect is key to our other values.
  • Did the EMU Counseling Department show "respect" for Julea Ward's values? If not, how can they exhibit other important "values" if respect is the key to those values?
We value learning as an end in itself and as a practical tool for success in lifelong professional growth. We gain up-to-date, practical and theoretical knowledge through effective, often participative learning and research.

  • Did the "professionals" who comprised the hearing panel try to "learn" anything about Julea's position and reasons for passing along the client or did they enter the proceedings with a  preconceived and unbendable mindsets?

6  The Work Ethic
We practice self reliance and responsibility to our business profession and community. We are industrious and often self supporting. 

  • Did this panel act responsibly toward its current student and future counselor, Ms. Ward, or did it deny her any type of courtesy in regards to her beliefs?

Julea's entire story is an blatant example of the institutional hypocrisy running rampant in the nation's universities and educational departments. Christians have heard for years that others do not want Christian "morality" being shoved down their throats! I've said it time and time again - someone's "morality" or "ethics" is going to be shoved down everyone's throats in the form of new laws and sanctions imposed by those in power. The question our society will have to face and ultimately decide is whose "ethical" or "moral" code will it be? At Eastern Michigan University and most other public universities, it will be the anti-Christian, intolerant, religious bigots who will rule the day and set the standard.

When a house is built on a foundation of sand, great will be its fall (Matthew 7:24-27). May God grant us the strength and wisdom to stand our ground in the face of the assault of these secular value attacks. May we be like Shammah (2 Samuel 23:11-12) who took a stand in the middle of a lentil field fighting the Philistines alone while all of Israel fled from the battlefield!  Julea, the battle is not your own. Fight on with strength and the courage that your God will provide - and, like Shammah, God will bring forth a great victory for you and his people (2 Samuel 23:12)!

Stay Holy, My Friends!

Pastor Don

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