We’ve seen plenty from the end of the so-called “victims.” They’ve stormed various meetings, events, and campuses across the country blabbering about their suffering to anyone unlucky enough to be within the vicinity of their “woe is me” tantrum. After weeks of unrest, we’re finally getting a message from a university president willing to put his foot down on the nonsense. It’s a welcomed sight, one I believe we’ve all been dying to see.
Dr. Everett Pipe, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University posted his letter titled “This is Not a Day Care” on the university’s website several days ago. It’s honestly beautiful. I may have even flirted with an erection as he condemned “safe spaces” and the idiots that occupy them.
His first two paragraphs set the entire letter up for a marathon of literary fire. Pull up your panties and prepare yourself. It’s absolute brilliance.
This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.
I’m not making this up. 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!
If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.
If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.
At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.
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!
Absolutely fucking beautiful. Speaking for the silent majority, and doing so in such an eloquent, yet scathing manner. Fuck it. I’ll admit it. I’m torqued. It’s what we’ve all wanted to hear. It’s what many university leaders have been too scared to profess, but it’s out there now.
I’ve never heard of Oklahoma Wesleyan. I’ll likely never have anything to do with that particular university. It doesn’t matter, though. They picked up at least one more fan today..
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