This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

OWUlogoDr. Everett Piper, President12/7/15
Oklahoma Wesleyan University  •  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 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.”

Dr. Everett Piper

Dr. Everett Piper

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.

So here’s my advice:

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.


Original article published at Oklahoma Wesleyan University Online. Our Mission: As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. • (1135 views)

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8 Responses to This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    The university was nice enough to allow a reprint of this article. And thanks, Rosalys, for pointing it out.

    My first thought is rather plain, yet bold if only because it is obvious: The adults in the room (in this case) are the devout Christians. And our culture has done what it could to denigrate a faithful adherence to not only Christianity but the basics of Western Civilization, especially our tradition of free inquiry based ultimately in truth, not (as is typical these days) various fashionable political theories based ultimately in crank ideologies such as Marxism (and/or Darwinism or Freudianism) and fueled by grievance or superficial emotion.

    Given this point of view by the president, this is a university that I would be confident that my children were not being taught garbage. I would feel confident they were learning what they needed to know to be smarter, wiser, and practically skilled for future employment. I would feel confident also that rather than being turned into mindless “social justice” robots for the Left, they would be prepared to be good citizens and good people.

    Isn’t that what you should pay for if you are a parent, especially given the typical high cost of a college education these days?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I noticed long ago that liberalism involves infantilizing people. The culture of dependency is a large part of that, and the babying of college students is also important. Since Western civilization is based on Christianity and involves self-reliance and facing reality no matter how harsh, it’s not surprising that the infantilizers would have a practical reason to get rid of both. Besides, they don’t like the idea of a conscience; liberalism is designed to short-circuit it, but it’s even better if you don’t even need to bother.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Much of the stuff we need to work on is internal. The Leftist/Marxist/Freudian paradigm puts much of the responsibility for our feelings on other people. The former is a recipe for discipline, healthy introspection, humility, and good conduct. The latter is a recipe for hyper-sensitive emotionalism, blame-shifting, and eternal grievance-mongering. They can call the latter “social justice” or whatever, but the toxicity of it remains the same.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    “In a time of universal deceit-telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

    George Orwell.

    We must thank the doctor for his action.

    There is nothing in the good doctor’s piece which is very original. It is mainly good, unfiltered, common sense. Yet, as Orwell understood, such unfiltered truth is in short supply in dishonest times. And over the last three or four decades, the public narrative in the U.S. has become progressively more dishonest.

    It is to be hoped that more of those in positions of responsibility will follow the doctor’s example and call out the mega-liars of our culture with the simple truth. By doing so, the liars can be defeated.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The Orwell quote is appropriate.

      From a practical standpoint, I think Dr. Piper’s essay will be good for business. We can only hope that his straightforward attitude will catch fire…not only the beliefs but the willingness to state them.

      We’ll echo everything good like this that we can here. This is a great essay and deserves to be in the hall of fame. As you intimated, this point of view is not particularly extraordinary. But it is now in this day and age.

    • Tom Riehl Tom Riehl says:

      Perfect reference to Orwell, KFZ. I saw a bit of an interview with this leader and had already read this.

      I was surprised by his reasonableness, clarity, and firm stance in defense of advanced Western thought. The sad commentary is that he is now unusual, and you and Orwell reminded me why I was surprised.

  3. David Ray says:

    Wonder what would happen if I expressed my reservations about “the religion of peace”?
    Oh wait; I do so EVERY DAMNED DAY. (I just don’t cry or need my hand held over it.)

    • Timothy Lane says:

      That’s the key difference. We are ready to discuss issues, even with people we disagree with. The crybullies cannot abide disagreement, and need glorified daycare centers called safe spaces to assuage their shock at encountering it.

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