"We want our students, in whatever sphere of influence they find themselves, to be dreaming big dreams and to be doing things that affect the good of society," says MACU Vice President for Student Engagement and Success Jessica Rimmer. "It’s a head, heart, hands framework, meaning what you think should impact how you feel, [and] should impact what you do."
Mid-America Christian University (MACU) teaches its students to honor their faith in Christ by how they live their lives. The school's motto is, "Dream Bigger, Do Greater," and many students have taken it to heart by going out into the world to serve others.
That's why the school developed a program focused on bringing food, energy, and water (FEW) to communities in need around the world. From Ecuador to Uganda, students are sharing the love of Christ by meeting real needs in these communities.
"Mid-America makes you realize that it’s more than just you," says junior Makailee Davis who helped bring clean water to a small village in Ecuador. "Having clean access to water means you can live longer, you have more health, you can now know that your children can have a future and that your children can prosper because water is an essential to life."
But how can you inspire students to bless the lives of others when the Obama Administration is forcing you to participate in something that can destroy human life?
That's the question this university faces now that the Obama Administration's HHS mandate requires Christian universities like MACU to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs as part of their healthcare plans. This unjust, unlawful, and unnecessary mandate would force Mid-America Christian University to violate its deepest convictions or face millions of dollars in fines each year.
"As believers [in Christ], we believe that every person carries the image of God and that begins with life at conception," explains Rimmer.
Mid-America joins four other Christian universities represented by Alliance Defending Freedom in two separate lawsuits against the mandate, which, combined, will be heard by the United States Supreme Court on March 23.
"All Americans should oppose unjust laws that force people – under threat of punishment – to give up their fundamental freedoms in order to provide health plans the government prefers," says ADF Senior Counsel Greg Baylor. "It’s no different for these Christian colleges, which simply want to abide by the very faith they espouse and teach."
This is not a radical request, as opponents of religious freedom would have you believe. While some make the ridiculous claim the schools are just looking for a way to discriminate against women, what schools like MACU are concerned with is being authentic to their faith and their mission to inspire the next generation.
"We want to be who we are, and we believe that the issue of life is really central to being able to live in congruence with our belief system," says Rimmer.
In a nation founded on religious freedom, this is not too much to ask. And it is our prayer that the Supreme Court will agree.
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