To the Editor
I am a former LC trustee and a retired pastor who has supported a number of LC students.
For those reasons, as well as being a strong backer of Christian education, the current ruckus at Louisiana College troubles me.
However, rather than weigh in on one side or the other, I’d like to point out a few things I feel need to be addressed.
1 – We should praise the Baptist Message for covering this situation. I recognize at least one blogger feels the paper gives his side short shrift, but people on either side of an issue tend to blame anyone who doesn’t support their views 100 percent. Lately Southern Baptist journalism has tended to ignore controversy, probably in the spirit of furthering unity. However, historically our Baptist papers have been at the forefront of theological discussion.
2 – Please remember and keep at the forefront that LC is an educational institution. Even though it is a Baptist college, commissioned to give a clear voice to Baptist viewpoints, that does not mean it is to indoctrinate rather than educate.
3 – Remember the subtext that pervades everything. Students and others are watching to see how their respected leaders behave in institutional conflict. Are the faculty and administration functioning according to the highest Christian standards?
4 – Not a comment, but a question. Behind the firing of three faculty members, or not renewing their contracts, was this an action of the board or of the President? I remember during the president’s selection period, there was considerable debate, apparently hostile at times. Are those issues, whatever they were, still influencing the board and faculty?
I would strongly encourage some group, such as the President, Trustee Chair, Faculty Senate Chair, and President of the Student Body to confer, discuss the desired outcome, and then brainstorm how to get there.