I have been asked to take a stance on the recent trouble Mark Driscoll has gotten himself into.
Oddly enough, I have come to a place where I don’t believe it is in good taste to get cheap PR by turning this tragedy into a circus. Pastor Mark Driscoll is a father, husband, and pastor of at least 10,000 people. This is a very messy situation. I want to go on record as saying shame on those who have decided to make this into a news story.
I’m learning (the hard way) that stirring up controversy is NOT useful, and is not Godly. I have been rightly accused of being an internet troll, and I have hurt a lot of people. I have gained a reputation as a jerk, troll, trouble maker, douche, etc etc.
Take this as my public confession of that sin. I am deeply sorry to those who I have hurt in my idiotic troll adventures. If I have hurt you, this is your open invitation to talk to me about. I would love to personally ask you for forgiveness.
Ok. sin confessed, Log removed. Now I can talk about this.
Here is proverbs 6.
16There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Anyone else catch that? Right there next to hands that shed innocent blood is the person that stirs up conflict in the community.
I am going to learn from all the mistakes Driscoll has recently apologized for, and do my best not to stir up conflict. Especially surrounding this controversy.
Here is the advice I was given on the situation, and I’m going to pass it on to you.
1. Pray for Mars Hill, Mark Driscoll, and the Driscoll family. They need it.
2. Keep your opinion to yourself.
3. Encourage others to do the same.
And that’s it folks…..that’s all I have for you.
Once everything is sorted out, there will be lessons to be learned. Until then, it might be best not to make this situation any uglier than it needs to be.