Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Faith in Action

Bill Gallagher of the Niagra Falls Reporter has written a story about the Calvin College professors who protested President Bush's speech at the school's commencement. His comments about one of the professors, David Crump, caught my attention:

David Crump, a professor of religion at Calvin, was one of the leaders of the faculty protest. He told the Detroit Free Press he felt compelled to speak out because "the largest part of our concern is the way in which our religious discourse in this country has been largely co-opted by the religious right and their wholesale endorsement of this administration."

I spoke with Crump and discussed the faculty letter and politicians who cloak themselves in religion. He struck me as a soft-spoken, committed person whose conscience led him to action. Crump has taught at Calvin for eight years and he's up for a tenure appointment this summer. Speaking out like he does requires more guts than Bush, Rove and a division of Busheviks have ever displayed.

Crump said he's tired of all evangelicals being lumped together and people "naturally associating us with the right wing."

David Crump and the other dissenting professors at Calvin College have given hope and encouragement to a lot of other evangelicals who are tired of being lumped together with the right wing. When so many Christians do little more than give lip service to a faith that risks everything for Christ, thanks for having the courage to put your faith in action.

This entry is cross-posted from the Mainstream Baptist blog.


Blogger Frederick Clarkson said...

This entire article is remarkable.

If Democrats learned respect for the language of faith, that alone would go far towards shifting the entire American political calculus.

This is one of the most deeply hopeful reports from the culture wars I have heard in many a year.

9:40 PM  
Blogger pastordan said...

Amen, Bruce. It's not always easy to do the right thing, and those who do ought to be commended for their actions.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Bruce Wilson said...

pastordan - I wonder if David Crump will lose his position due to his courageous stance ?

One hopes not.

2:11 PM  

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