At a time when many college presidents are responding with sympathy to students who say speakers or faculty members make them feel uncomfortable, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is having none of it. Everett Piper, the president, posted his reactions to a student who came to him and said he felt "victimized" by a recent sermon at a university service.
"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!" Piper wrote.
He added: "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."
The president's full statement, "This Is Not a Day Care. It's a University," may be found here.
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