Sunday, December 6, 2015

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There is a story that is coming out of Oklahoma about one of their University’s presidents.
A student had come up to him and told him that he felt victimized by a sermon on love that had been given on campus.
The student said that the sermon had “made him feel bad” and that it wasn’t fair to make him and his peers feel uncomfortable.
The president came out with, what I thought, was an excellent statement.
Among other things he said,
“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.”
We are a society of justice that hungers for justice and offense.
I have been wanting to write a post on justice for a while and I feel that now is the time.
For the past couple of years I have demanded justice when things just “aren’t fair”.
And I’m honestly embarrassed of myself.
But we live in a society that demands fairness and equality in everything.
We take offense to too many things everything.
And I don’t mean all of us, but society as a whole does.
We want our mistakes looked over and when they aren’t we seek justice and vengeance.
(For what?….I don’t know. Just justice…for something!)
Nothing is our fault and everything is the government’s fault, the school system’s fault, our neighbor’s fault, the church’s fault.
We expect people to accommodate us and believe like we do.
Well, guess what?
People can believe what they want and act how they want and live how they want.
We shouldn’t have to tiptoe around others because we shouldn’t be trying to make everybody around us comfortable.
And when we make mistakes, we take care of it.
Not somebody else.
And when we don’t like what somebody says or what they believe then we have the power to walk away.
We have the ability to put the protest signs and angry voices away.
We have the ability to not take offense.
Most things are off limits now, and that’s not how it should be.
But this is also not a perfect society.
This is sadly a society of “narcissism”.

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