For almost two centuries American Christianity, including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist ethos of American culture.Consequently, for far too long, we allowed institutional policies regarding race to be shaped more directly by that ethos than by the principles and precepts of the Scriptures.The true unity of humanity is found only through faith in Christ alone for salvation from sin—in contrast to the superficial unity found in humanistic philosophies or political points of view.For those made new in Christ, all sinful social, cultural and racial barriers are erased (Colossians ), allowing the beauty of redeemed human unity in diversity to be demonstrated through the Church.Jones is the great-grandson of the school founder, Bob Jones.
BJU’s history has been chiefly characterized by striving to achieve those goals; but like any human institution, we have failures as well.
The Christian is set free by Christ’s redeeming grace to love God fully and to love his neighbor as himself, regardless of his neighbor’s race or culture.
As believers, we demonstrate our love for others first by presenting Christ our Great Savior to every person, irrespective of race, culture, or national origin.
Still receiving questions on race Bob Jones University President Stephen Jones decided to issue the apology because the school still receives questions about its views on race.
The leader of the South Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said the civil rights group welcomed the statement.
History professor Carl Abrams explained the history behind the school’s ban on interracial dating, and how that ban came to an end in 2000.