.We are all striving to end our “brokenness.” What is the “hurt” we seek to “heal?” Why do we believe “practicing wisdom” makes our culture and our world any better?
Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, was asked to explain the Millennial Generation’s cry for “safe spaces,” their demands for “trigger warnings,” their repudiation of “micro-aggressions,” and now even their insistence that the results of this country’s presidential election be reversed, because they, our privileged progeny, don’t like it.
” My response in brief: Why would you expect anything different?
This is what you get when you send your kids off to colleges and universities that teach politically correct pablum rather than the time-tested truths of a free people and civil society. This is what you get when you entrust your sons and daughters to sit under the tutelage of faculty who proudly pan a Judeo-Christian ethic and praise its antithesis.
This is what you get after years of teaching our next generation “it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as it works for you.” This is what you get when you tell our youth that there is a “moral equivalency” between America and its enemies, and imply our nation is bad and the rest of the world is right to hate us.
This is what you get after years of instructing our students to laugh at those who warn of the loss of individual freedom and the rise of government largesse. This is what you get after instructing an entire generation that Marxism has its merits and that liberation theology is the only “good religion,” that socialism is better than free enterprise and that capitalism is the cause of crime. This is what you get when you foment class resentment and racial animus. This is what you get when you diminish excellence while extolling entitlement.
This is what you get when you trust your sons and daughters to professors who tell them their pastors and priests are stupid and that it’s more important to learn how to use a condom than it is to obey God’s commandments. This is what you get when you spend tens of thousands of dollars a year to enroll your kids in institutions that vaunt moral nihilism while vilifying their parents’ morals.”
Read Dr. Piper’s full article at his Talking Points blog site.
Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Talking Points With President Piper: Practicing Wisdom
The four pillars of the Oklahoma Wesleyan University mission statement are “the primacy of Christ, the priority of Scripture, the pursuit of Truth and the practice of Wisdom.” While the first three of these pillars are likely self-explanatory to most of you, the fourth may appear less so. What do we mean when we say this university is a “community of learners that works to promote healing and wholeness in a broken culture and hurting world by ‘practicing Wisdom?” What is the “brokenness” that we seek to make whole? What is the “hurt” we seek to “heal?” Why do we believe “practicing wisdom” makes our culture and our world any better?
A man with a strange name, who was an abolitionist in the mid-1800’s, may shed some light on this question. His name was Orange Scott. He was an Episcopal Methodist pastor and, later, the founder of what is now the Wesleyan Church.
In the midst of the national debate leading up to the Civil War, Orange Scott did not apologize for his passion for the primacy of Christ and the priority of Scripture. He, likewise, was relentless in his pursuit of truth. For Scott, it was self-evident: all human beings had dignity and the subjugation of a one human being to that of another was a national disgrace. Scott, likewise, challenged his church’s willful ignorance about the sin of slavery. Political and cultural disengagement was simply not acceptable. He believed it was clear: the Church had no option but to enter the town square and shine the light of truth on the darkest corners of our culture. “We must,” he said, “examine faithfully and critically the condition of the country…[calling] attention… to the wrongs and outrages suffered by the [its] wretched slaves … [Lighting] a torch… to the slumbering national mind [so that] it would be roused to see the evil and defilement of our land.”
By teaching our students to pursue truth and practice Wisdom, we at OKWU hope to, likewise, “light a torch to the slumbering national mind…” We hope to draw attention to the “defilement of our land;” to the “wrongs and outrages” suffered by the “wretched” victims of our time who are held in no less bondage than those slaves in the day of Orange Scott:
- The multitude of men and women who have bought the lie that they have no freedom to rise above their biology and have no choice but to be governed by their genetics.
- The millions of babies that are being slaughtered every year under the banner of “choice” and “family planning.”
- The masses of men, women and children who still experience the evil of slavery in the form sexual trafficking.
Orange Scott understood that Wisdom is something you don’t just think about. Wisdom is not just a noun. It is a verb. Wisdom speaks the truth. Wisdom takes action. Wisdom sets the captive free. Wisdom “arouses the slumbering national mind.” Wisdom works for “healing and wholeness in a broken culture and hurting world.”
At OKWU we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Bible is the Word of God, Truth is given by God and Practicing Wisdom is, indeed, demanded by God. At OKWU we have have no option: We Practice Wisdom!
Talking Points With President Piper is a weekly column featured in the Examiner-Enterprise newspaper. In addition to serving as the Oklahoma Wesleyan President, Dr. Everett Piper is also a frequent guest commentator on a variety of talk radio programs across the nation, as well as a published author and essayist.
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