By Jan Moore
---- — When faced with angry pastors and congregants who wanted to keep only to the old way and who tried to block any kind of change, Dr. John Morrison, first president of Anderson University, wrote in his journal, "As I look into the future, I see the church going forth to conquer, to put down evil, to lift up righteousness, to establish justice, to purge society of corruption." History reflects that those who tried, in their ignorance, to abort the growth and progress of the university were not only not successful, they began — slowly — to change. It took time. It took a long time. But, indeed, wisdom and truth won the day.
In another entry Dr. John wrote, "Let us work harder than ever before, believing that God will give his church too much wisdom to destroy her greatest asset." That asset? To learn, to educate, to embrace new Truths as they reveal themselves. Many of us remember when we heard from the pulpit that African Americans "were born different, were inferior, weren't able to feel pain." I remember, with great sadness. Fifty years later, we cry, what insanity! But who had the wisdom in that era to say, "My Friends, you are dead wrong!"?
Dr. Morrison believed — and I believe — we are here to exact justice for everyone. Endorsing laws to alienate and demean portions of our community does not reflect well on true righteousness, but rather cripples and destroys everything we pretend to be — in pulpits, in school convocations, in "Christian" leadership. Would that just a few good men, like Dr. John, would rise above the current angst over HJR-3 and begin to establish justice by standing tall for those who love each other being respected and affirmed in our society . Would that just one person in leadership would stand for what they know is right. Move us forward. Move Indiana forward.