By Ed Stetzer, The Exchange.
InterVarsity is an Evangelical Christian organization, and people who work at InterVarsity are, not surprisingly, expected to hold evangelical beliefs.
Or, you could state it as Elisabeth Dias of TIME Magazine did:
One of the largest evangelical organizations on college campuses nationwide has told its 1,300 staff members that will be fired if they personally support gay marriage or otherwise disagree with its newly detailed positions on sexuality starting on Nov. 11.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA says that it will start a process for “involuntary terminations” for any staffer who comes forward to disagree with its positions on human sexuality, which holds that any sexual activity outside of a husband and wife is immoral.
In other words, InterVarsity now has the same policy of most evangelical churches.
Furthermore, InferVarsity provided a statement explaining:
The Time article buries the most relevant info, which is that this was a four-year process that was telegraphed and communicated to staff. No one was caught flat-footed or surprised. Recognizing that some staff felt this was theologically contested ground, we opened up a time of 18 months for them to research and discern their convictions on this issue, as well as learn about our convictions. The goal was to clarify our position while also providing ample time for those whose convictions differed to seek out better-fitting ministry opportunities.
Parts of this process were hard and painful, but it was not abrupt, or a shock.
So, why is this news? Well, the Internet is abuzz with outrage and now stories are hitting the mainstream media.
But why is it news that Evangelicals think their ministry staff should hold mainstream evangelical beliefs?
It’s becuase there is a new orthodoxy, and the old one just won’t do for many.
The New Orthdoxy
The new orthodoxy says that you have to bend your beliefs to fit it.
But InterVarsity has a different view—the mainsteam evangelical view. And, such views do cost you today.
And, ultimately, every organization with the beliefs of old orthodoxy will face a moment like this.