BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A student senator at Western Kentucky University recently read Scripture to his peers after voting against a proposal to fund a special ceremony for homosexual and transgender graduates.
While the student Senate ultimately voted 28-5 in favor of providing $250 for the “lavender graduation ceremony,” Dallas McKinney was among the few who said no.
A lavender graduation ceremony is defined as a “celebration that recognizes LGBTQ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience.” The $250 was for stoles, which are customarily either lavender or rainbow, representing homosexual pride.
McKinney, in explaining during a Student Government Association meeting why he voted against the proposal, read from Romans 1:24-27, which states that sexual behavior between those of the same sex is “against nature” and “unseemly” in God’s eyes, as it distorts His creation for the “natural use of the woman.”
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature, and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet,” verses 26-27 read.
According to the student newspaper, the College Heights Herald, Queer Student Union President Jeremy McFarland rose to his feet and walked out as McKinney spoke. Senator Kenan Mujkanovic said that he observed some students smirking and making faces at McKinney as well.
“What hurt me the most sitting there during the meeting last week was seeing people smirking and making faces at [McKinney] when he was sharing his views,” he said. “I don’t agree with [McKinney], but I can respect his views.”
While some characterized McKinney’s comments as hateful or homophobic, the student told The College Fix this week that he is not fearful of homosexuals, but rather afraid for them on the Day of Judgment.
“I am not scared of the LGTBQ community, but rather scared for the LGTBQ community to meet God after living a lifestyle of sin,” McKinney said. “I believe I am representing the best interests of all students by helping them avoid the judgement of God for sin upon meeting Him.”
He added that he does not hate sinners, but is concerned about the destructiveness and consequences of sin.
“As I said in my speech on March 27th, it is the Bible that [is] judging them and not me,” McKinney said.
As previously reported, Christians believe that all men are born with the Adamic sin nature, and have inherent inclinations that are contrary to the law of God, being utterly incapable of helping themselves. It is why Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God,” he declared. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15-17 also teaches, “He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. … Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Jesus additionally outlined in Matthew 19:4-5, “Have ye not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh?’”