A massive game of tug-of-war is happening on Pacific Lutheran University’s campus and it is not going to end with one side pulling the other over the middle line. It is going to end with something much more drastic — PLU must change its name.
A couple weeks ago during the student body presidential elections, a candidate was outcast for his comments against gender-neutral housing. He said he did not believe it was in “God’s plan.”
Campus ministry supported the candidates statement, the overwhelming majority of the student body did not. He lost the election a few days later.
PLU is becoming a significantly liberal campus. The expression of gay rights is encouraged. The legalization of marijuana in November was rejoiced. And chapel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday — what is that?
The massive shift to the left comes as no surprise though. Located in Tacoma, PLU rests in the shadow of one of the most liberal cities in the country, Seattle.
Washington legalized gay marriage in November largely because of heavy support from King County and others on the west side of the state.
Liberalism is the way of the region, but it is not the way of the Christian church. The same Christian church PLU affiliates itself with in its middle name, Lutheran.
The Bible explicitly speaks against same-sex marriage. PLU is starting to welcome it.
Loving your neighbor as yourself is also taught in the Bible but as long as the Christian and Lutheran church fail to explicitly support gay marriage, something must change.
So it comes as no surprise this tug-of-war game is happening. And the left side is winning. It will continue to win until the Lutheran is taken out of PLU’s name.
A change in name will not end the debate. It is a college campus littered with young and growing minds that will make their voices heard about controversial topics. The change in name will remove the university itself and the administration from the debate.
It is the university’s job to offer what is best for its students and prepare us for our future, not to be involved in the gay rights debate. An impartial administration is an effective one. The individuals that run this campus are given the right by birth to believe what they choose, but as a whole they need to be neutral, with the improvement of student’s experience being its overwhelming concern. The school’s middle name disallows that, leaving administration on the right.
The university should not be concerned or involved with gay rights. It needs to be concerned with lowering tuition and creating an improved experience for students.
PLU’s current name is not representative of the school and its beliefs.
The tug-of-war will continue until the rope snaps and the Christian church welcomes gay marriage or until PLU changes its identity. No need for a major face lift though.
PLU is known throughout the region as, well, PLU. So leave it that way and change the now controversial middle name.
Pacific Liberal University.