So, what did the Honor Council decide in our mock case?
In the training videos linked below, you can see their deliberation process. (Thanks to my readers for sending the link to these videos.)
Video 1: The council discusses what rules have been violated and what questions they should ask the defendant. Some examples of questions they would like to ask the intern…
“Why were they sitting so close that he could kiss her?”
“Was she even close to her friend’s brother or was this an excuse?”
“Is this a situation which as soon as she is out of the internship, she is going to start contacting him again?” (this whole comment starts @15:20 and is worth watching)
Initially, they find her guilty of romantic contact, expressing romantic feelings and late repentance.
Video 2: At the beginning of the second video, a voice of reason points out that since the girl pulled away from his kiss, perhaps she is not guilty of romantic contact. This voice is quickly shot down. Although, about 6 minutes later, some members of the council feel that the romantic contact is unclear and that they need clarification of her motives.
“It was a lot of bad decisions that led towards this.”
@ 18:00 Randy Olsson, “Keep in mind this is a serious moment, they have sinned against the Lord, their destiny is being decided, you guys are looking for wisdom from God, its a pretty serious moment.”
Video 3: In this video they pretend to bring in the intern for questioning and then deliberate on the punishment.
Verdict: 60 days probation and a growth plan.
I said in the comments yesterday that I didn’t think any rules were violated, but alot of you seemed to think she would probably be dismissed. (To be fair, people have been dismissed for far less, so I wonder if each Honor Council is different?)
So what do you think about this outcome? Is it fair?
And this begs another question, when is it acceptable to dismiss someone from what is essentially a group of believers trying to grow spiritually?
*Please try to keep from blaming the individuals in this video for their behavior. They are taught to think this way, as many of us were. If you know their names, please do not mention them in the comments. Let’s keep our discussion about the statements they’ve made and not about the individuals themselves.