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Dr. Everett Piper, President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
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.
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.”
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! 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!
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.
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.
At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.
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. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!
This is not a day care. This is a university!
By Justin Huggler, Berlin
5:51PM BST 30 Sep 2015
A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 23 years to make way for asylum-seekers, in the second such case to emerge.
Gabrielle Keller has been given until the end of the year to leave her flat in the small southern town of Eschbach, near the border with France.
The flat belongs to the local municipality, which says it is needed to house refugees.
“I think it’s a scandal to throw tenants out of their apartments,” the 56-year-old Ms Keller told SWR television. “I can’t see the sense of it.”
Towns and cities across Germany are struggling to find accommodation for the tens of thousands of refugees streaming into the country.
Ms Keller’s case follows that of Bettina Halbey, a nurse who is being evicted from her home of 16 years in the town of Nieheim, hundreds of miles to the north.
• Christian and Muslim refugees should be housed separately, says German police chief
Mario Schlafke, the mayor of Eschbach, says the town had no choice but to ask Ms Keller to leave.
“The council hasn’t taken a frivolous decision,” he told Welt newspaper. “The alternative would have been to set up beds in the gym.”
The town of just 2,400 people is under pressure to find space for refugees, and Ms Keller’s flat is one of only two owned by the local municipality. It is not social housing and Ms Keller is a rent-paying tenant.
A shipping container has already been set up as temporary accommodation on a local football field, while a family of eight are being accommodated in a youth centre.
“Our backs are to the wall,” Claudia Geiselbrecht, a local councillor, told Badische Zeitung, a local newspaper.
The municipality says it has offered to help Ms Keller find new accommodation, a claim she denies. She has hired a lawyer and vowed to fight the eviction.
The news came as a new poll showed the stark divide in pulic opinion over Angela Merkel’s refugee policy between the former East Germany and the rest of the country.
Only 24 per cent of those polled in the former East named Mrs Merkel as the politician they trust most, down from 32 per cent just a month ago, the survey for the Insa Institute found.
But in the former West, 33 per cent named Mrs Merkel – up from 31 per cent in August.
The West’s larger population means that nationally support for the Chancellor remains strong.
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- by James Pollock, Maj., USAF/SOCOM (Ret.)
A Muslim on Social Media asked a person who posted a map of the known radical sites of terrorism ideology ( in the U.S.) the following question, "Do you realize that you are only inciting FEAR into the minds of many in America about Muslims? "
One wise person stated, " Censorship is a form of terrorism - transparency and freedom go hand in hand. I do not believe censorship is needed for safety or security - it's sneaky and no better than facial veils, masks, hoods and always driven by power, money and manipulation. Why must guns be concealed? Holsters seem just fine and might deter people from crime. . GREAT POST".
I answered for the person doing the posting with the following (BASED ON MY REAL LIFE WISDOM, FREE OPINIONS & FREE THOUGHTS) : "Fear" ..... Are you (Muslim) defining it as : Chopping the HEADS off of tens of thousands of Christians/Muslims, killing almost 20 people at Ft. Hood, killing many people in rural TN, killing 3,000 people on 9/11, killing 2 people in Little Rock, killing/crippling many at Boston Marathon, etc... ?
Any intelligent/rational person would get at least some "fear" after these events, when more radicals/militants are here/coming.
The United States is NOT a country of cowards like Muslims who kill soldiers with HIDDEN roadside IEDs, suicide vests, etc.... ( NO , they were NOT simple "Radical" Muslims in Iraq & now in Syria, etc... like lying people like to frame discussions.)
I know, b/c I had the opportunity to TALK EYE TO EYE with HUNDREDS of the WORST of them as a Field Grade Officer in Iraq twice.
I asked EVERY ONE of them a simple question: Why do you hate the 'West' so much?
They ALL (all types, social-economic levels, & backgrounds...often teachers, dentists, IT professionals, lawyers, doctors, etc...) said, "We do NOT simply hate the West per say. We are COMMANDED by the Koran to be one of THREE TYPES OF JIHADISTS. Either a Jihadist who supports the militant Jihadist Muslim with $$$/resources, a Jihadist Muslim who supports the Militant Muslim with living conditions or the actual MILITANT Jihadist Muslim."
I would then ask, "Are you telling me that ALL Muslims are ONE of those three types of 'Jihadists'?" They ALL (were captured for some reason) would tell me, "YES, that is exactly what I am telling you, no matter if you are Sunni or Shia , If you read/believe in the Koran, you are COMMANDED to be ONE OF THE THREE types of Jihadists." (Note: As a Physician, I understand crazy, insanity, delusions, etc.... when I see it....NONE of these Jihadist Muslims were crazy/insane/delusional; they all spoke to me with normal tone, normal heart rate, clear thinking, intellectual thought, etc... after JUST BLOWING UP PEOPLE , ETC... ! )
I would THEN go on to ask them things like, "Don't you know that JESUS is a prophet in the Islamic religion/Koran? " They ALWAYS answered like this, "Yes, we understand that, but for our 'GREAT IMAM' to return to Earth & our ETERNAL SALVATION to occur, we as Muslims are COMMANDED by the Koran to engage in at least one of the three (3) FORMS OF JIHAD.".
I would then ask again, "All Muslims?". They would then answer 100% of the time, "Yes, all Muslims."
Often they would tell me, "I see that you are wearing a Christian Cross (around my neck); if we captured YOU on the battlefield, we would probably still kill you, but we would do it in a MORE humane way like cutting your head off....(verses burning me alive in a cage, drowning me, stoning, etc..) simply b/c Jesus was a 'Prophet'. "
I would then ask, "Who gets burned alive, stoned, drowned, etc....?" They ALL answered, "People who are SECULARISTS , ATHEISTS, OTHER MUSLIMS WHO DEFY THE MANDATES OF MOHAMMED, HOMOSEXUALS, ETC..."
I would often then point out, " Are you also considering the tens of THOUSAND of people that Saddam killed via conventional methods, chemical warfare (1980s) & the time that he and the Shia' worked TOGETHER to infect the lands of the Kurdish people with Sand-flys carrying a toxic form of Leishmaniasis which rendered an entire segment of young, Kurdish girls as STERILE ? Do you take into account those forms of "Killing the People" of "those lands". (HUMMMM' ....)
I would then ask, " If that is true, why is pedophilia common in the Islamic (especially hard core) Mosques, etc...". They would then ALL answer, "We do NOT view peadophilia on boys as homosexuality." (Hummmm'.....)
Final, I would ask them, "What does (will it) take for the Islamic religious people (Any of the three forms of Jihadists) to be SATISFIED so that the world can relax & live in 'PEACE' (which is the CORE, along with LOVE / REDEMPTION of the 'Bible') around the globe?" They ALL said, (from the curriers to the bomb makers / planners ) " We will NOT stop until the BIG SATAN & the LITTLE SATAN are destroyed in a BALL OF FIRE & the Islamic Caliphate is formed around the Globe in control...".
I often asked them, " What kinds of things in the Western Culture bother you the MOST?" They ALL said, " The things that bother us the MOST are showing of female skin, homosexuality, women's dominance (rights), & big Government taking of our lands." I would then point out to them, "then WHY would you attack NYC, rural areas of America, etc.. where most people are simply going to work every day & not promoting those lifestyles; it is areas like Hollywood, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Holland, Amsterdam, Austin, Brazil, cities in the Philippines, etc...that MOSTLY promote those cultural activities, NOT the Bible Belt of the U.S. or even NYC (for the most part)." They ALL would come back & say "Yes, we know that, but sometimes you have to target places that are convenient, hence why we are focusing on your U.S. led Military in our lands NOW, but will SOMEDAY get to ALL of those places you named. (TO THE MUSLIM IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA DEBATE:....ARE YOU CONNECTING THE DOTS HERE?)
The ULTIMATE question which I would ask was, "If you guys ever got a NUCLEAR weapon, would you use them as 'leverage' (like Russia, China, India, U.S., etc...) to keep stability OR would you USE THEM ASAP? " They ALL answered, "There is NO DOUBT, we would USE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE on places like Israel, Rome, Paris, America, etc... When Iran gets Nuclear weapons one day, after 15-30 are built, they WILL BE USED without hesitation & NEVER used for simple 'Leverage' ".
I usually was CARING FOR THEIR WOUNDS OR IN CHARGE OF ALL THINGS 'MEDICAL', SINCE I WAS A PHYSICIAN/MAJ. & THAT IS WHAT MY DOD ORDERS WERE as I spoke with them via an Interpreter, but I ALWAYS ended the conversations with, "Do you realize that myself & all good Christians live for LOVE, PEACE & REDEMPTION for Eternal Salvation, either through the Book of John in the Bible (John 3 : 16 -18 ) OR via Confessional processes in the Catholic religion. The Bible does NOT command one time that we as Christians should form a Caliphate, kill our enemies (actually just the opposite --- love your enemies...unless certain conditions) or abuse others (women, small boys, homosexuals, etc...) We (Jesus) do not approve of some things (Homosexuality, Abortion, etc..), but we NEVER hurt or kill homosexuals, abortionists, etc.... We simply have RATIONAL debates, elections, movements, legal efforts, etc... & we consider the ultimate person to 'Judge' as being God after death." They ALL would say, "Yes we understand that, but Christianity is NOT Islam, never will be & will always be at odds on the points you are making."
[ NOTE: I would then ALWAYS give them proper medical care, water/food, etc.... & walk away stating, "I hope that life-time changes your mind, perceptions, hate of Christians/secularists, etc.. & that one day you will live in PEACE." ]
In summary, I (as a Christian) do NOT 'HATE' anyone, want to hurt/kill anyone, pray even for those I have faced on the battlefields of Iraq, desire PEACE at all levels/forms, & try to show TOLERANCE as much as possible....BUT, when people with AK-47s, Suicide Vests, potential Nuclear Bombs/dirty bombs, etc... come into my space ( the United States & NATO Nations), then YES, there is a degree of CONCERN/FEAR, because THAT IS HOW 'RATIONAL', NORMAL, PSYCHOLOGICALLY STABLE PEOPLE REACT, plus as we say in the South, "IT IS JUST PLAIN COMMON F'N SENSE".
God Bless you ( the Muslim person on Social Media ) ... (& anyone else in the World), but you are misunderstanding our "Fear" as a method to start problems/trouble ( ?? Intentional on your part as reverse psychology?? ....I don't know), but I do know that we as Christians simply want to be left alone without worrying about some guy with suicide vests, & motives to harm us....that is NOT IRRATIONAL 'FEAR', it is RATIONAL FEAR ...& NORMAL.
[ No more debate from me on this topic (waist of time); I have to get things done, take care of my family and prepare for Thanksgiving today ! ..... do we FEAR Muslims of ANY background, belief or motives..... ANSWER = HELL NO, but we are not STUPID either. ] .................................
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