A chapel sermon on love left a student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University feeling “offended” and “victimized.”
But instead of capitulating to the offended young scholar, OWU President Everett Piper pushed back with a blistering rebuke of what he called “self-absorbed and narcissistic” students.
“This is not a day care. This is a university,” he wrote in a blog that has since gone viral.
Back home in Tennessee, we call that a “Come to Jesus” moment.
“Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic,” he wrote. “Any time their feelings are hurt, they are victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer.’”
Oh behalf of a grateful nation, I say, thank you, Dr. Piper.
It’s refreshing to see a grown man with advanced degrees willing to stand up to a generation of perpetually-offended nincompoops and bullies.
The reason this student gave for why he was allegedly offended is rather telling. The chaplain was preaching from First Corinthians 13.
The student felt offended because the “homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love,” he explained. “In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.”
This attack was beaten back this time. But the student’s so-called “reasoning” is plainly catching on among other young people. We see here a strategy that could be used to eliminate all preaching.