From the President’s Desk | Dr. Everett Piper, President
The great Christian scholar, G.K. Chesterton, once addressed this issue:
Suppose there’s a high mesa in your community, surrounded on all sides by sheer cliffs. On that mesa, you want to build a playground. Now, if you want your kids to enjoy the playground and to run the fields with abandon and to climb the equipment without fear – if you want your kids to be free, said Chesterton, you had better build a fence. If you don’t, the consequences are obvious: Your kids will fall off the edges of the cliffs and be killed. You see, Chesterton understood that there is no liberty without law and that there is no freedom without a fence.
At Oklahoma Wesleyan University, the cornerstones of that “fence” are the four pillars of our mission: The Primacy of Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. We unapologetically believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Bible is the Word of God, truth is defined by God, and wisdom is demanded by God—and that’s the kind of freedom that impacts culture.
OKWU’s 4 Pillars
Every significant institutional discussion is driven by OKWU’s Pillars (affectionately dubbed “The Four P’s”). People who visit our campus encounter them at almost every turn. The four pillars are featured prominently in our buildings and on our sidewalks. Students encounter them multiple times before they enroll and probably a couple of hundred times during their four years on campus.
Of course, commitment to something is not necessarily a good thing: people and institutions can easily be committed to bad ideas and bad practices. The real beauty of OKWU’s commitment to its four pillars lies in the fact that the pillars comprise the absolute perfect formula for helping students navigate and fix a culture gone astray.
The beauty of this formula has everything to do with the order in which OKWU presents its pillars in its literature: (1) the primacy of Christ, (2) the priority of Scripture, (3) the pursuit of Truth, and (4) the practice of wisdom. These pillars, always presented in the important order noted above, drive the educational formula that OKWU executes so well:
We teach students to cut through the muck and confusion of today’s cultural chaos with the time-tested truths inherent in our four pillars.
In this edition of PILLARS, we take a closer look at each of the 4 P’s and how our students and University programs have lived them out every day in the past year.
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