Friday, March 23, 2007

Washing Feet Endangers Students, School Says -- 03/23/2007

Washing Feet Endangers Students, School Says -- 03/23/2007

By Payton Hoegh Correspondent
March 23, 2007

( - If Jesus washed his disciples' feet at a Georgia college in 2007, he'd likely be accused of "hazing."

That's the position a Christian ministry at Savannah State University has found itself in, after it washed the feet of its new members. The campus ministry Commissioned II Love (C2L) was also accused of "harassing" students by sharing their faith.

Washing of feet is a symbolic gesture of servitude in the Christian faith, following the example of Jesus, who washed the disciples' feet during their last meal before his crucifixion, as recounted in the New Testament gospel of John (13:1-17).

The Christian group says the foot washing ritual "serves as a symbol of purity, a charge to share the gospel, and an act of service to others ... [it] is not a condition of gaining membership, status, or acceptance into C2L or holding an office."

What is missing from this story? What compelled the University to take such heavy measures against the C2L? Here is a copy of the lawsuit brought by C2L against the University.

So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you." (emphasis added)
~ John 13:12-15

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