The best response I’ve seen from a college administrator to the special snowflake students….. November 30, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, manhood, persecution, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society, Virtue.
……agitating around the country for more special privileges, more destruction of free speech and decent morals, even further descent of the university into an amoral agent of leftist groupthink, etc., came not from a Catholic university but from little Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK. I’m rather surprised to see such stridency and clarity of thought from a Methodist college, but that’s the world we live in.
A lot of good points below from the president of this university. This special snowflake syndrome is a cancer that is – or already has – consumed the moral fiber and even ability to reason of a wide swath of the younger generation:
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 that 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. [Think on the implications of this for the future of Christianity, at least in any mainstream sense, as this generation comes of age and assumes, by default, more and more leadership positions. Moral relativism will be the absolute rule rather than the frequent deviation]
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.” [It is key to make clear that these kids didn’t turn out left-falling narcissists by accident, or generally through their own failing – they have been formed to be such by parents, schools, and the broader culture]
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! [Obviously, one time altar calls are total novelties in the Christian Tradition and highly questionable as means of true conversion] 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! [Paging Guadium Et Spes, paging GES!]
So here’s my advice:
If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place. [Among other things, these complaining students seem as unacquainted with irony as any in recent history]
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…….
……..Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them.[Brilliant point] This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!
I am surely not recommending faithful Catholics matriculate at this university, nor send their kids there. In such an outwardly evangelical environment, their faith would surely be under attack, subtle and gross, from day one. But it is refreshing to see that there remains at least a few institutions not fully gone over into cultural depravity and left wing agitation. The pressure against those institutions to cave will only increase as time goes by. Those who “get it,” on some fundamental level, deserve at least some degree of moral support.
Interestingly, the Church’s ecumenical efforts (and dialogue with other religions) have been noted for their engagement with literally everyone except protestants of a “fundamentalist” or orthodox bent. That tells us a great deal about which religion – Christianity or pagan secularism – is really the foundation for the rapprochement sought by this so-called movement in the Church.