Golden Rule Pledge on the Day of Truth?
Dr. Warren ThrockmortonWarren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at Grove City College (PA). He co-founded the Golden Rule Pledge which advocates bullying prevention in evangelical churches. His academic articles have been published by journals of the American Psychological Association and he is past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author with fellow Grove City College professor, Michael Coulter, of the book, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President. Over 200 newspapers have published his columns. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2008 Apr 26
The Day of Truth is a 4 year old response to the GLSEN supported Day of Silence (just observed on the 25th). The Alliance Defense Fund sponsors it and it claims to break the silence of the the 25th with truth about homosexuality. The part that I find most objectionable about this day is the claim on the card given out at school is that change in homosexuality is possible. While I think that people may alter their behavior and I have worked with the Alliance Defense Fund to protect the right of clients to seek that end, I think it is quite another thing to promise change to high school kids who may have no religious or ideological reasons to want to consider it.
My intent here and now however is not to dwell on what I do not like about the Day of Truth. Rather, I want to propose that students consider a different approach. A small but passionate group of students distributed Golden Rule Pledge cards on Friday and some even remained silent. I will soon have some reports from the field. I believe many bridges were built and much ministry was conducted. Students from over 30 schools communicated the Golden Rule Pledge in one form or another and students from another 20 schools prayed for bridges to be built. I continue to believe gay people are not reached with the Gospel via protests and calls on them to change. Jesus calls on us to come first and then change. Repentence is certainly a part of conversion but the author and finisher of our faith is Jesus, not heterosexual attractions.
For those interested in the Golden Rule Pledge, go to the website www.goldenrulepledge.com.