2.2 Commitment to Lifelong Marriage

Marriage has been understood by evangelical Christian people as a covenant relation which is not based merely on feelings of love but by on the commitment of individuals to each other, using the analogy of God's commitment in love even to those who offend Him. The relationship of human marriage in Scripture is used to illustrate the relationship of God to His people and of Christ to His church. The Biblical expectation is permanence of the marriage covenant.

Westmont has consistently supported this position. We recognize that in our fallen world even Christians fail to meet the Biblical standard, and divorce and remarriage occur. Grace, forgiveness, and healing may take place but the divorce and remarriage when viewed in this context must not be taken lightly. To do this would trivialize the covenant of marriage and its implications for our understanding of God's relationship to us and ours to Him.

On the basis of these principles, the college will not knowingly hire individuals for faculty or key staff positions who do not support the Biblical position on marriage. An essential aspect of our responsibility in these positions is to provide a clear model of a deep commitment to Biblical standards in all areas of our lives.

In the case of employees in these categories whose marriages are terminated by divorce, the college will consider retaining these individuals only if it is clear that there was serious breach of the marriage covenant by such acts as desertion or unfaithfulness on the part of the spouse. If the evidence is not entirely satisfactory the college reserves the right to terminate employment of the individual.

(Ratified by the Board of Trustees on 4/15/89)

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