That stew has been fed to American students for a generation. In the interim, they’ve grown into university scholars who are unable to bear any criticism. Even the perception of critique is too much to stomach.
Darrow wrote recently about the current “safe spaces” fuss on America’s post-high school campuses: “Safe Spaces”: Converting Students to Jihadis on University Campuses.
Now another penetrating insight has emerged, this one from a university administrator. Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, has written to those studying at his own institution.
Our culture has actually taught our kids to be … 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.”
… 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.
For any readers who haven’t already seen Dr. Piper’s pertinent treatise, “This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!,” we highly recommend it. It’s worth a minute of your time.
- Gary Brumbelow