***The following is a letter to the editor written by former Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa) professor Dr. Terry Chi. Dr. Chi started a petition regarding books targeted to Pre-K children in the Orange City Library that promote homosexuality and transgenderism. Dr. Chi writes a bit about the blowback from that petition, and issues his endorsement of Dr. Kurt Korver for mayor of Orange City, Iowa.***
After leaving Orange City last August, I have kept up with the news and happenings at Orange City and surrounding Sioux County. We have missed the annual Tulip Festival, having been part of it for several years. I’ve recently spoken to my other colleagues and friends who left Orange City around the same time as I did. The feelings were the same – we missed the town and the people of Orange City. It is a rare gem in our current world. It has its own imperfections like any other beautiful jewel, but all else being equal, all of us, especially our kids, want to return to Orange City. However, God had other plans for us. I am glad of the seven years we spent in Orange City, the strong Christian values of the town, and the people we met there.
I was recently glad to hear of Dr. Kurt Korver’s bid for the Mayor of Orange City. From my own personal interactions with him, he has been a successful medical professional and we have been satisfied customers of his clinical services. However, what I am writing to you is about his character as a man of unwavering and devotion to God. In many instances, and one topic in particular, I believe he is “the voice in the wilderness” for Orange City. When I first moved to the town in 2011, I never thought I’d say that Orange City needs a voice like that of Dr. Korver’s to wake all of us from our comfortable Christian complacency as worldly, depraved, and sinful values slowly and insidiously seeped into our Christian town. They have taken root and started to blossom, and I believe as a former resident of Orange City, we need someone to lead the city back to its orthodox Christian roots by firmly and resolutely rejecting those worldly values that have recently found a home in Orange City.
For example, during the Orange City library book collection controversy, he has been a stalwart for the Kingdom of Christ. He and a few others have stood by me when I was “radioactive” and attacked by nasty emails, letters, phone calls, and “gifts” from a few in the community. For a while, it was not a popular thing to be associated with Terry Chi or the petition, but Dr. Korver, the strength of his Christian convictions, and a few other trusted friends and colleagues were sources of strength for me. They were my “foxhole” friends during that spiritual battle.
Orange City needs a mayor like Dr. Korver. A man who is successful in his professional endeavors, who knows his community very well, participates in many aspects of his community, and finally and most importantly, a strong man of God who says the “unpopular things” that need to be said and who is not ashamed of his faith or his God. He lives out what was written in Matthew 10:32-39 and his love for Our Lord goes beyond his love for others. For that, he has been attacked and publicly pillaged by those who do not agree with him. If I were still a current Orange City resident, I’d happily cast my vote for Dr. Korver. However, since I no longer reside in Orange City, I can only do the second-best thing – to write a letter of endorsement for him. Without any affiliation to any political groups in or out of Sioux County, IA, I endorse his mayoral candidacy enthusiastically as a private citizen of the United States of America.
I realize this endorsement of Dr. Korver may “activate and enflame” those who oppose his vision for Orange City. Yes, this probably will do that. However, I suggest that those of us who stand for orthodox Christian values get active and fired up for God, and stand with Dr. Korver at this critical juncture in time for Orange City. Let us not forget what Our Lord told us in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
–Dr. Terry Chi, Osceola, IN