In recognition of Constitution Day, Lubbock Christian University welcomed Dr. Wilfred M. McClay, the Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty from the University of Oklahoma, to speak on patriotism and religious liberty.
“Professor McClay’s topics are perhaps among the most important ones of our day – the nature of religious liberty, the importance of a healthy Christian respect for our country – and he provides informed and stimulating insights into these matters,” said Dr. Stacy Patty, dean of the Honors College, which worked in tandem with the Office of the President to host McClay.
Though the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution is Sept. 17, Constitution Day was celebrated Friday, Sept. 16 when students could attend chapel and the following lecture by McClay.
During chapel, McClay discussed “Christian Patriotism,” which emphasized paying respect to political institutions, while remembering the ultimate citizenship for Christians. “Put God’s nation first,” he said at the conclusion of his chapel talk.
Following chapel, McClay led a lecture on “Why Religious Liberty Matters,” which discussed the meaning of religious liberty and covered various arguments to counter secular stances against religious liberty.
Patty was pleased to bring a prestigious scholar on campus for students and faculty to hear. “The nature of [McClay’s] speeches and the venue for scholarly presentations are central features of any Christian university aiming to excel. We are fortunate to have such opportunities [at LCU].”