GRACE becomes BJU’s Ombudsman?
G.R.A.C.E., which stands for Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment, has been hired by Bob Jones University to investigate abuses that have occurred on or off campus throughout the years. While G.R.A.C.E. does have a respectable reputation in addressing abuse issues, it’s difficult for me to treat this as historic. If anything, it’s typical. Typical of BJU to wait over a year in silence only to spring this upon the public at a convention concerning sex abuse and the church being held on their campus.
Fans of fundamental history might also take into account that G.R.A.C.E. is founded by Basyl ‘Boz’ Tchividjian, the grandson of Billy Graham. Although Boz, a graduate of Stetson University, the Southern Baptist college which also graduated Bob Gray, has a wealth of experience dealing with child abuse cases, I have to wonder how long a relationship between an inquisitive organization with SBC leanings and ‘currently’ fundamental BJU will continue? Students have been expelled for having the mildest associations with Graham’s organization. So, we’re going to have to assume that in wake of abuse scandals BJU has ‘grown up’? They’ve realized the error of their past bigoted ways and are ready to bury the hatchet with those related to Graham in the best interest of the children?
Financial crises does make for strange bedfellows. It would not be unheard of. BJU once had a table at Oral Roberts University, so anything’s possible.
Anybody remember that other historical moment when BJ3 announced they removed the restriction against inter-racial dating? Actually, the rule was simply modified to require students to get written parental permission for inter-racial dating. That never made Larry King!
I expect some two steps and compromise. The question is, who will be compromised the most? Bob Jones University? Or the mission of G.R.A.C.E.? Will the public receive their reports? Or, since BJU commissioned the investigation (as I’m to assume), will the reports be hidden from public view?