Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ideas matter

Dr. Everett Piper was the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University until his retirement in May 2019. He became irate one day when one of their students complained about a chapel service. Dr. Piper writes:

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. Piper went on to write a book entitled Not a Day Care in which he wrote, "Ideas matter. It matters when we teach young men to view young women as nothing but objects of recreation and young women to accept this insult. It matters when we teach our children a career is more important than morality. It matters when we teach students there is no God--and treat them as if they are gods" (Dr. Everett Piper in "Not a Day Care. Regnery, 2017).

Praise God for Dr. Piper! May his tribe increase. Unfortunately, many Christian Universities today are run by administrators and faculty who are “cultural Christians,” that is, they seem to be much more concerned about staying in step with modern culture than they are with standing up for biblical values.