Alternative Right has a sobering but unsurprising video that purports to be of freshman orientation at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. The video is also available on Youtube. (Warning: The video is full of pro-homosexual verbiage, but no graphic yuckiness. It also has a student foolishly explaining how he abandoned his Lutheran faith for atheism thanks to his time at Gustavus. It also has a weird sequence where students utter offensive racial ephithets. The video is painful and difficult to listen to. If you don’t want to watch it, the summary you have just read gives you a sufficient summary of its tragic “high points”).
I attended Gustavus Adolphus College for one year (1973-74). It is in south-central Minnesota, about an hour’s drive from Minneapolis. I cannot absolutely confirm that this video is actually from the freshman orientation put on by Gustavus Adolphus College, but the actors do mention Gustavus in the video, and the stage they are performing on looks very much like the one I performed on in a production of Guys and Dolls (I can still remember some of the lyrics to “Luck Be A Lady Tonight” although I did not play Sky Masterson, but just some bit roles).
Sorry, I am digressing. Gustavus Adolphus College is a Lutheran college, named after the famous king of Sweden who promoted the Luthern faith and fought in the Thirty Years War not long after the Reformation. Because Gustavus Adolphus College is named after a devout Lutheran King of Sweden, one would think that students at that college would learn about Christ and His teachings in the Bible. For example, Jesus taught was that God created people to be either male or female, and that marriage is defined only as one man and one woman (see Matthew 19:4-5). Jesus also taught us to believe in God and implicitly, to not be atheists (see, e.g., Matthew 22:37-38).
However, if this video is indeed from freshman orientation at Gustavus Adolphus College, then it shows that Gustavus Adolphus College allows students to contradict the teachings of Christ. The college certainly allowed professors to do so when I was there. I remember my professors scoffing at those of us who believed the Bible means what it says. They urged us to adopt a more critical, sophisticated theology that discounted much of the Bible’s teaching and embrace secularist and liberal theological fashions of the day. Many of my friends, after listening to these professors, did not gain a more refined faith in Christ, but instead concluded that “if the Bible is unreliable, then I can sin and there are no consequences.” Gustavus and other institutions formerly known as “Christian Colleges” should adopt a truth in advertising standard, so their advertising would be somthing like this – “Parents, you can send your children to learn immoral practices and lose their faith in God at Gustavus Adolphus College for the low, low price of a mere $42,000+ !!” (However, it does seem like many others can lose their faith and surrender to sin for a much lower price, although the penalty is the same).
Gustavus Adolphus College is a private school, so under our Constitution it is free to teach whatever error and depravity that people are willing to pay to receive. It is a sad example of how many have debased higher education into man-centered debauchery, untethered to the principles and character of God the Father, who made us all. A people cannot sustain a free and prosperous society under such corrosive and deficient thinking like that taught at too many institutions of higher learning.
State universities, who must obey the U.S. Constitution, teach similar things. That is why Alliance Defense Fund and its work through the Center for Academic Freedom is so important. We work for the First Amendment rights of all, so that students and professors have the freedom to speak against such confusion and suppression of Christian truth without retaliation from the authorities there. Sometimes the overwhelming darkness at many college campuses can drain our faith and hope. But some things are worth fighting for, like the goal that state universities will protect the rights of students and professors to debate freely and respect those who advocate for the Judeo-Christian principles that built our nation. If King Gustavus Adolphus were alive today and saw that Youtube video, he would demand that the college bearing his name repent and return to the truths of the Bible that King Gustavus revered.
Update: I found this news release on the Gustavus Adolphus College website announcing that the skits in the video would be performed at freshman orientation on September 4. The news story is quite open about the sexual content of the performance of “The Inside Scoop,” which the release calls “skits about the ‘real college life.’” It is tragic that a respected private school like Gustavus, supposedly founded to promote Biblical values from the Lutheran faith, would promote skits that glorify atheism and sex outside of marriage.