You have heard by now that Jerry Falwell Jr. has resigned as the President of Liberty University. I don’t need to recount for you all the sordid details that led to his forced resignation.
I am a graduate of Liberty University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Exposition in 2010. The 3 1/2 years I spent at Liberty were some of the best years of my life. My professors were top-notch. It was at Liberty that I learned how to study the Bible and preach it to others. My love for the local church grew during my time at Liberty. I developed friendships that I still cherish. I had the privilege of serving as a Spiritual Life Director (SLD) and Resident Assistant (RA). My experience at Liberty was everything I could have hoped it would be.
However, I have distanced myself from the school since graduating in 2010. I’ve been concerned about the direction of Liberty University under Falwell Jr’s leadership for a while now. Though I live and pastor in Virginia, I’ve not attended school functions to which I’ve been invited. I’ve discouraged partnership with LU. I’ve refrained from recommending LU to prospective college students. And though I’ve received requests for donations as an alumnus, I had not made any donations to the school.
That changed today. I am hopeful that the resignation of Falwell Jr will mark the start of a new day at LU. Because of that hope, this morning I made my first donation to Liberty as an alumnus. I designated my gift for the School of Divinity. It was a small donation. It’s not even a drop in the bucket for a school with the resource of LU. But I love Liberty University. I will be praying for the trustees as they begin the process of identifying the next President of Liberty University. If you love Liberty, I encourage you to consider making a donation as well.