Statement on Diversity
Current State of Events
Without question, one of the issues that has come to the forefront of our society today is the racial injustice being experienced and felt by much of the black community.
As an organization whose primary purpose is to take the church to where it’s not, we believe it is important to speak up and stand with those who are being unjustly treated.
As a missions training and sending organization, we are preparing students to work with people of other cultures around the world. It is important, therefore, that our students first know how to interact with people of diverse cultures in our own community. Our students of color are a valuable part of our community and we are committed to their welfare and empowering them to succeed both while as students at Bethany Global University, and in all their future endeavors.
As Christians we are speaking up about this because we believe the truths found in scripture demand we call out the sin of racism and seek justice for those who are being unjustly treated.
Our Theology on Race & Racial Injustice
The statements below are a synthesis of what the scriptures say regarding race & racial injustice.
At Bethany International we believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative word of God. The Bible makes it clear that all people have dignity and are worthy of respect because they are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
In his Word, God is reconciling all nations back to himself (Ephesians 1:10, 2:15), that one day a great multitude that no one can count from every nation, ethnic group, and language will stand before the throne of God as those purchased by the blood of Jesus (Revelation 5:9, 7:9).
God the Father sent his Son Jesus to cleanse us from all our sins for those who believe (1 John 1:9, John 3:16) and one of the outcomes of this reconciliation is that any hostility due to race shall end (Ephesians 2:15).
Racism, which is pride (1 John 2:16) and showing partiality (James 2:1), is sin.
God is a God of Justice (Dt. 32:4, Ps. 89:14) and throughout Jesus’ ministry, he demonstrates his commitment to make wrong relationships right (Lk 11:42, John 8).
All people are called to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God (Micah 6:8) while seeking the welfare of our cities (Jer. 29:7).
With the clear teaching of the Bible in mind, we stand for racial equality and condemn injustice and the sin of racism in all its forms. We reject the valuing of any one individual or group of people over others, as this is contrary to God’s heart.
Thus, we stand with those in the black community and other people of color who are hurting and being treated unjustly.
As an organization we stand as equals with partners of many ethnicities around the globe, yet we acknowledge a lack of racial and cultural diversity on our campus. We are investing the time this conversation deserves to make careful decisions for lasting impact related to diversity. We have therefore formed a committee that is dialoguing about the best course of action.
We recognize we can do better, and with God’s help we strive to become more diversity-minded. It is our desire to train as many people as possible of diverse color and culture to take the church to where it is not and help others do the same.
This is not an all-encompassing statement, but a conversation starter. We are taking the time to listen, learn, love, and implement necessary actions that will make us better as an organization when it comes to diversity. We hope you will join us on this journey.
The Bethany International Ministry Leadership Team