It has become nothing short of an epidemic. Everyone has a really bad case of overly-sensitive-itis.
Anything that triggers feelings of discomfort within us is immediately deemed inappropriate and should not have been said/written/tweeted. This is not isolated to a particular religious or political group, either. Across the board, American culture is constantly up in arms, and college students are starting to take a lot of the flak. Probably because higher education is where people should be allowed to be exposed to the most opinions and views and learn from them, not be shielded from them altogether.
One Christian college president is fed up with students who cry victim when their views are challenged.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Dr. Everett Piper was moved to write an open letter to students after one student allegedly claimed he felt “victimized” by a university chapel service about love. See the full letter: This Is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!
Piper wrote that “our culture has actually taught kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic” and “Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor’ and a ‘victimizer.'” He states, “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.”
Piper recently made a live appearance and spoke further on “How to Take Back the High Road of Education.”
Listening to views, truths and insights that challenge you is the best way to learn, especially in the case of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, when what you are hearing is the gospel. We need to allow ourselves to really hear and listen to the perspectives of others. Does it bring up defensive feelings inside? Then figure out if that means it’s time to stand up for what you believe or you need to change something about the way you think.
Either way is better than never allowing yourself to learn and grow.