Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

Page 130 of 424

 

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e standard ACU's stated purpose is "to educate its students for Chris- tian service throughout the world." In accomplishing that purpose, "The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the university are committed to maintaining a community of work and learning distinguished by Christian character." This character was defined as "striving to be Christ-governed individuals." From ACU's purpose flow its Christian standards. Presi- dent William Teague said, "I know of nothing that would have any greater importance than Christian standards. That's our whole reason for existence." Students and faculty agreed with his assessment. The school tries to maintain Christian standards, Teague said, through faculty and staff members who "promote, ad- vocate and live" those standards. "We also try to have academic programs that would give us opportunities to encourage the development of Christian values," he said. Other examples of the university striving to emphasize these values included "mandatory Chapel atten- dance, Bible study, and a whole variety of courses on ethics, marriage and the family," he said. Dt. Bill Humble, Bible department chairman, said the maintenance of Christian standards came through "teaching in all classes about Christian character and conduct"g through emphasis of school activities that encouraged Chris- tian conduct, such as Chapel, devotionals and Spring Break Campaignsg and through the school rules. Many students said they believed Christian standards were maintained through the rules. But Larry, Nelson, senior from South Daytona Beach, Fla., and Students' Association spiritual life director, had a different point of view. "I think was his God-given mission in life. "A Christian's morality only really makes sense in a con- text of battle. If a Christian understands that he's engaged in God's work and that he's on a mission, then that's when morality makes sense." The Christian draws on his moral character as his weapon to accomplish God's mission, he said. "But you take away that mission, and it's like putting the soldier back in the barracks where there's no threat, nothing that makes these standards dear to him," Nelson said. Humble said he thought ACU was doing "rather well" in adhering to Christian standards. "I certainly have to believe there is some deterioration, but I think it is typical of the church as a whole," he said. Televi- sion, movies and other elements have had a weakening in- fluence on society that has influenced the church and therefore ACU and its students, he said. "We struggle against it but not with complete success," Humble said. He saw "the kind of people we have here" - faculty members and students who are committed to Christian ideals - as strengths to ACU's Christian standards. Teague said ACU'S primary strength in the area of Chris- tian standards was starring with the Bible as its basic premise. Another strength was the "mature faculty" who ap- plied the rules fairly, making distinctions between "the hardened offender and someone who is overcome for the moment," he said. The president said he wished that he could see a closer to the "Christian family model," with students concern for those who exhibit non-Christian the rules are important because with a complete set of freshman major from was do-

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