More than sixty years ago, in The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis challenged Christian scholars to enter the “town square” and the “market place of ideas.” He argued that if we failed to do so, we would become “men without chests:” a culture of heartless people satisfied with our own subjectivity and divorced from any common agreement of what is right and wrong; a culture of disconnected individuals who care little for what is immutable and enduring, accurate or true.
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Since writing last week’s article several have asked why OKWU is taking such a firm stand. Local radio and television stations have asked for interviews. RedState, the Tulsa World and several other blogs and media outlets have picked up my original op-ed. Many are curious. Why is this so important to Oklahoma Wesleyan University and the Wesleyan Church? Perhaps the best way for me to answer this question is to refer to the words of history rather than use my own.
In December of 2010, ABC News reported that David Epstein, a Columbia University professor, had been arrested for having a consensual sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. His lawyer essentially argued that Epstein and his daughter were born with a biological preference for incest and, therefore, they should be tolerated to the same degree as all the rest of us who are born with our own sets of genetic proclivities and appetites. What difference does it make if Epstein was “born that way”?
The Church is in great error in capitulating to the argument of conflating behavior and being – personal choice with personal identity. Putting an acronym on a group of people simply because of their chosen sins and thereby granting them minority status is not only poor logic but clearly unbiblical.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper closed The Keating Dedication Chapel with the following speech championing Constitutional liberty. The Preamble to the United States Constitution reads as follows: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a … Continued
I am supporting House Joint Resolution 1020, which states, “that certain entities and persons cannot be forced to provide coverage for certain services if against their beliefs…” I support this because government is supposed to protect and expand our freedoms— … Continued