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Students for Life of America is a pro-life student organization. It began in 1988 as a true student movement, and was originally called American Collegians for Life. After steady growth, they finally formally organized as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2006. At that time it changed its name to Students for Life of America. It began with a handful of full-time staff members and a few pro-life student groups, but has now grown into a very large pro-life organization with over 50 part and full-time staff that works with over 1,240 student groups. Their stated purpose is to recruit, train, and mobilize students and young adults to abolish abortion.
Recently, Students for Life conducted research on about 700 Christian colleges and universities. Of those 700, they have identified about a hundred that have ties with Planned Parenthood. Yes, you read that right, nearly 15% of Christian colleges and universities surveyed have ties with America’s largest abortion provider. The full report has not yet been released as of this writing, but so far 25 of those schools have been specifically identified. When this initial report was released, two of the identified schools immediately cut ties. The other 23 remain affiliated in some way. The kinds of connections vary, but include such things as advertising Planned Parenthood internships and career postings, referring students to Planned Parenthood as a resource, incorporating Planned Parenthood in medical school rotations, and hosting events for students with Planned Parenthood.
Based on biblical worldview beliefs, no Christian school should have any kind of affiliation with Planned Parenthood. Their primary work is abortion, and they typically perform between 300,000 to 350,000 per year in America.
So the question arises, why would a Christian school have anything to do with Planned Parenthood? And actually, the answer is quite simple. There are many colleges and universities that were founded as Christian institutions, and retain the Christian title, but which have long since shed their Christian beliefs and values. Naturalistic philosophy now dominates many of these schools.
This can be rather deceptive, however. Many of them actually do have religion departments and purport to teach Christianity. In fact, some of them even have theological schools or seminaries that train people for pastoral ministry. However, the theological foundation for their instruction does not come from the Bible, it comes from, you guessed it, naturalistic philosophy.
These theological teachings go by such names as Higher Criticism, Existential Theology, Liberation Theology, Postmodern Theology, and others. They essentially dismiss the supernatural, and interpret the Bible focusing on social justice issues rather than spiritual salvation. For them, the Bible is not a propositional revelation from God, but a guidebook for helping one’s fellow man.
Now to be sure, the Bible does contain a lot of material that encourages Christians to serve their fellow man. But that is in no way its essential message. Its core message is to reveal to mankind how individuals can enter into a personal relationship with God.
Based on a the tenets of liberal theology, it is the collective, not the individual, that is primary. And to them, if society deems that abortion somehow is a benefit to collective society, then it is considered okay. For some of these “Christian” schools, abortion has been deemed to benefit society.
In truth, it is hypocritical for these schools to continue to use the name “Christian” while condoning, and even promoting, non-biblical values. And in this case, their hypocrisy kills.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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