Dordt College mandates that its employees send their children to a Christian school. In the faculty handbook, it states “all full-time and proportional faculty members are expected to demonstrate their commitment to the mission of the college by enrolling their children… in Christian day schools.”
Yet last week in the Sioux Center Shopper, an ad featured Dordt President Erik Hoekstra encouraging taxpayers to vote yes for “Sioux Center’s future.” Hoekstra reveals he is voting yes for the bond issue and encourages others to do so as well.
This seems to be inconsistent. A college that values Christian education so highly as to mandate its employees to send their kids to Christian school rather than secular public school, and then have its president endorse spending millions of dollars on education that they won’t even allow their own employees’ children to attend.
One of Dordt’s favorite mantras is that of Abraham Kuyper, “there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
If he really believed Kuyper’s quote, would he promote spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a building that cannot teach from a Christ-centered perspective? That cannot teach Creation over Evolution? That cannot teach traditional marriage over LGBTQ relationships? But wait, do the Dordt professors teach these things uniformly? Please see our other articles to see how Dordt professors are addressing these issues.
Unless President Hoekstra has some reasonable explanation, it appears that he does not hold to the standards of his own institution.