Today’s “Profile in Courage” is not about a business leader, but a leader majoring in business at one of America’s most liberal universities. Student senator Isabella Chow, at University of California-Berkleley.
Isabella is a Christian. And she experienced intense hostility after abstaining from a vote condemning a recent Trump administration proposal.
The proposal would adopt a biological definition of sex for the purposes of Title IX non-discrimination or government-assistance regulations. The proposed definition reflects scientific fact.
But the Queer Alliance Resource Center (QARC) at UC-Berkeley called on the student Senate to pass a resolution concemning it, claiming it would…
“… rob transgender, non-binary, and otherwise gender non-conforming students of their right to seek legal recourse for discrimination on the basis of their gender identity.”
QARC also called on the University to better publicize pro-LGBT groups as resources for students (e.g., The National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender Law Center).
Isabella abstained from the vote. And here’s the rub: She explained why.
Her explanation — and the violent response she received — paints a picture of what’s at stake for any Christian leaders who feel compelled to speak Truth in Love within their respective spheres of influence.
Isabella spoke of her love and compassion for homosexual and transgender students. She disavowed bullies or bigots committing discrimination or harassment. AND… she respectfully explained that voting for the resolution would force her to…
“… promote a choice of identities that I do not agree to be right or best for an individual, and to promote certain organizations that uphold values contrary to those of my community…
… As a Christian, I personally… believe that certain acts and lifestyles conflict with what is good, right and true. I believe that God created male and female at the beginning of time, and designed sex for marriage between one man and one woman.”
One paper called it a “contest between conscience and conformity.” The reaction to Isabella’s abstention (her reasons for it) was swift. She was “stripped of her student political party’s backing, denounced by the student newspaper, subjected to calls for resignation and recall, and expelled from nearly every student organization she led or helped to lead for the last two years.”
Interesting to note these words in the student newspaper’s denunciation:
“The Daily Cal will continue working to uplift the narratives of all students on campus — including transgender, intersex, nonbinary and gender non-conforming students — because we believe that all lived experiences and identities are valid and deserving of respect.”
All students / experiences / identities… except Christians?
Isabella’s response to the vitriol is a powerful call-to-action for fellow believers.
“What does it look like to love unconditionally while speaking the truth in love? What does it mean to serve the LGBTQ+ community while fully affirming the truths of the gospel? … I pray… the Lord would use my story to spark a greater dialogue that would cause the church to more deeply wrestle with how we can more deeply love our LGBTQ neighbors.”
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/berkeley-student-senator-under-fire-for-refusing-to-endorse-transgender-ide AND https://www.christianpost.com/news/her-faith-is-under-fire-franklin-graham-supports-california-christian-student-attacked-for-lgbt-views-228524/
What say you?
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Diana Furr, a.k.a. Abba’s Girl
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