Twitter isn’t long enough for what I have to say about the behavior described in this article. So I’m posting to Tumblr as I board a flight. Before I must turn off all electronic devices, let me say this:
As a Wheaton College faculty member, I am deeply disturbed, saddened, and angered by the violations of community and civility that should characterize our life together. All three of this week’s wrenching events have been difficult. Of course, no one should have their privacy invaded and their body reduced to a sexual object. No one should be assaulted for sharing their beliefs or for questioning ours. As an academic community and as a Christian community, we are called to something higher than this. We must not become a place where incivility reigns and where mockery is welcome.
We must also not allow righteous indignation to morph into self-righteous distancing from these issues. As much as we might like to, we can’t simply disown them as if we share no responsibility. We must accept responsibility for the kind of community we’ve become and our part in making it what it is today — one in which grace abounds and love binds, but in which some experience hostility, incivility, and judgmentalism. Only then might we accept our responsibility for the kind of community we can become and do our part to make it something better tomorrow. God help us if we don’t.