Today was a “What Dee Heck” moment. I open up my Facebook for my daily dose of status updates, random scripture postings and funny photos and I notice a small little article on my Alma Mater’s (Judson University) page “Judson University Begins Endowed Scholarship Fund For Entrepreneurial Students”. This naturally gets my attention because one, I’m a Judson alumni and two, I’m an entrepreneur. To my shock and awe, I proceed to read about this “young internet marketing entrepreneur” who is making a $10,000 donation to Judson. No problem with that, until I read how this guy got connected with Judson in the first place…read an excerpt from the article:
Mr. Glazers became connected with Judson University in April 2011 when he attended the school’s inaugural World Leaders Forum. The event was established to help fund the new Entrepreneurship Program, and former U.S. President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker for the main event. While there, Mr. Glazers was introduced to Dr. Angelo Bravos, Judson’s Director of University Advancement. The two discovered that they both shared a passion for entrepreneurship, and they were both members of the Freemason fraternity, an organization for men joined together by philosophies of moral standards and community betterment.
I almost spit out my coffee! Am I the only one with some kind of spiritual discernment around here or is Judson just taking a “whatever works” approach to Christian education? Is there anything such as principle anymore? Freemasonry is far from a “fraternal organization for community betterment”. Anyone with even a small knowledge of the occult understands the superstition and suspicion shrouded in the Freemasons.
Before you dismiss this post as a rush to judgment, please hear me out. I love Judson, I attended from 1996-2000 and my life was changed by the commitment to Christ that most of the students and faculty displayed. I have seen Judson tip the scales of balance within the past few years with a weight that falls more on the secular institutional side. This is very unfortunate and all done under the mask of being “relevant” and some sort of “light to the world”. We know as Christians that there is a fine line between being a light to the world and being worldly. I’m reminded of this scripture in 2 Cor. 6:14-18:
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
The irony of it all is that I just sent a small check to donate to Judson this week in honor of a professor of great standing, Dr. Robert Erickson. Dr. Erickson has served Judson faithfully as a Bible professor since the founding of Judson. In the future I cannot say that I support Judson whole-heartedly until I can see some difference being made to fulfill the commission of Jesus to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth instead of a measly commission to fill the earth with a lukewarm, watered down message of compromise.