The Truth About the Latest Version of The Liberty Way
In two short weeks, Liberty Mountain will be flooded with thousands of students again. Classes will resume, and the much-anticipated football season will officially end the dog days of summer. If you're a freshman, you probably have completed the check-in process and signed the Liberty University honor code, called "The Liberty Way." Or, if you're a returning student like me, you mindlessly click through, already knowing the honorable standard you are held to as a Liberty student, and most importantly, as a Champion for Christ. However, earlier this summer, it was brought to the Liberty Bell News team's attention that an update to the Liberty Way was made in Fall of 2021. The latest version of the honor code now includes a "controversial" standard that may raise concern for new and returning students who don't align with Liberty University's biblically-based standards.
The latest version of The Liberty Way now states:
"Sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty University. While mental thoughts, temptations and states of mind are not regulated by The Liberty Way, statements and behaviors that are associated with LGBT states of mind are prohibited. For example, romantic displays of affection with a member of the same sex (e.g., hand-holding, kissing, dating, etc.,) and actions confirming denial of biological birth sex (e.g., asking to be referred to by pronouns inconsistent with one's birth sex, using restrooms and changing facilities reserved for persons other than one's birth sex, etc.) are prohibited. In personal relationships, students are encouraged to know and abide by common-sense guidelines to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Activities inconsistent with these standards and guidelines are violations of The Liberty Way."
Despite public backlash from local journalists and self-proclaimed LGBTQ+ students at Liberty University stemming from the latest update, this addition is not a "new" religious stance from the university. In Philippians 4:8 (ESV), Scripture states, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." This documented amendment in The Liberty Way displays a bold, biblical commitment, not a political stance by the university, to combat the current cultural movement with honor, justice, and purity. Therefore, the newest addition is not a new way; it's God's way.
On behalf of The Liberty Bell News team, we are grateful to attend a university that encourages moral conduct in accordance to God's Word and will. Join us in praying that the Lord continues to bless the leadership at Liberty with discernment and courage to stand up for what is righteous!