Perhaps you’ve heard about the storm of controversy surrounding Pastor Mark Driscoll and some of the things he wrote on his blog about pastors’ wives. Driscoll has been roundly criticized by non-Christians and Christians alike for what he said, and he has since apologized for his tone, though not for the substance of his theological views.
There’s an article in today’s Seattle Times covering the controversy and the protest that had been scheduled to take place yesterday outside his church. Thankfully, the alliance of Christians, non-Christians, and anti-Christians who had planned to protest decided not to protest after Driscoll’s apology.
There are a few things about this whole situation that grieve me. First, Mark Driscoll’s remarks have been used as an occasion to blaspheme God’s truth. Many feminists who begrudge the Fatherhood of God and biblical headship use Driscoll as prima facie evidence that all patriarchy is evil and that Christianity is a farce. As a consequence, there will be some who will be misled to disbelieve in the glory of a Heavenly Father who loves them. Furthermore, they will continue to be deceived about what it means that God has created humans male and female.
Second, it is very sad to me that some Christians would be willing to team up with non-Christians and anti-Christians in order to protest another Christian (atheists and pagans were among those who showed up for the canceled protest). That a Christian could even conceive the possibility of such an action is a tragedy. I believe the discord will become an occasion for unbelievers to feel vindicated in their rejection of King Jesus. Some of them will see it as evidence that Christianity doesn’t work. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Third, I am saddened that some people will use this situation to marginalize Christian Christian voices in the public square. On Saturday, the Seattle Times informed its readers that Mark Driscoll would no longer be one of its religion columnists. The Times said that this decision was not related to the recent controversy, but I wonder if Driscoll’s complementarian views were not at least part of the reason that the Times cut him loose.
Anyone who cares about God and His truth finds much to be saddened about in this whole scenario. We should be praying for Pastor Driscoll, his church, and all the unbelievers who are beginning to feel a little bit better today about their decision to reject Christianity.
(HT: Mark Bjornholm)