“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door...Some day, God willing, we shall get in.” - C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Imagine with me, if you will, that we live in a day where we intentionally sever a man’s arm from his body and then expect him to win a fight, where we pluck a woman’s eyes from her head and then ask her to paint her own portrait, or where we surgically remove a child’s frontal lobe and demand that she explain an algebraic formula. Imagine that we live in a world where, as C.S. Lewis warned, the elite among us actually claim it makes sense to geld the stallion and then “bid him be fruit- ful.” Imagine that we live in a time and place where the wise and learned in our courts and classrooms and churches actu- ally work to remove a man’s soul and then expect him to stay out of hell. Such a day is upon us.
Words mean something. As human beings, we stand alone in our use of language as our primary method of communication. We debate and we argue. We make speeches and we deliver sermons. We teach lessons. We pontificate, we preach, and we proclaim. We espouse liberal and conservative agendas ad infinitum. Our “bigger ideas” are framed and defended with emotion, passion, anger and indignation. We have confidence in our words, and we resist any attempt to co- op, twist or manipulate their meaning. We defend our words with tenacity. If they deceive, we call them lies. If they embolden, we call them inspiring. If they make promises, we call them contracts. Words indeed mean something, and history shows that they have the power to build nations, define religions, inspire revolutions, and defend what is true or even hide what is false.
Well, I guess we all finally know where we stand. We shouldn’t be confused any longer. The definition of words such as change, disinformation, angry mob, transparency, security threat, healthcare reform, and fiscal responsibility seems pretty clear now. I don’t think we need to wonder any longer what our currently elected, government officials (and all their respective, unelected czars) mean when they talk about such things.
Dr. Everett Piper has served as the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma since August of 2002. Read More.
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