In recent weeks, we’ve seen university presidents resign or otherwise capitulate when their students demand safe spaces from impure thoughts. The resignation of the University of Missouri’s president and chancellor comes to mind as does Dartmouth’s mealy-mouthed apology to Black Lives Matter after they physically accosted white students trying to study or Yale caving into a screaming student about an e-mail concerning culturally appropriate Halloween costumes.
And then along comes Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
After a student objected to a sermon on 1 Corinthians 13 because it made him feel “victimized” and “uncomfortable”, Dr. Piper wasn’t having any of it:
Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”
I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience. An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad. It is supposed to make you feel guilty. The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.
But Dr. Piper wasn’t done there:
Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.
This is not a day care. This is a university!
Amen to that!!!
If only this country (and for that matter other Western countries) had university presidents with the steel spine of Dr. Everett Piper, our present state of affairs in our institutions of higher learning would actually be conducive to higher learning.
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