Seattle Pacific University is the only U.S.-based school in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities that will require students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before coming to campus in the fall (Christianity Today, May 26th online).
“Of course, it wasn’t an easy decision,” notes SPU Provost Laura Hartley. “Like other Christian schools, we’d prefer to rely on God to protect our students from this dreaded virus. Unfortunately, however, The Almighty failed to come through for us on an important occasion earlier this year, and the memory of that episode has lingered.”
The episode: On January 14th, the SPU men’s basketball team lost a close game to Whitworth University, 69-65. At a key point late in the contest, an SPU player made a sign of the cross and looked heavenward before attempting two free throws. He proceeded to miss both of them.
“I must admit, that incident shook the Seattle Pacific community to its core,” says Hartley, her voice quavering with emotion. “We’re a bit skittish now about relying solely on God to help keep us safe from COVID. As a result, we’re insisting that everyone get a shot. No disrespect intended to The Creator, but a little insurance never hurts…..
“…..and next season, we fervently hope The Almighty returns to the foul line on behalf of our student-athletes.”
Amen, and swish.