11.13.2006

Should we protest against Mark Driscoll?

There's an interesting conversation going on at Conversation at the Edge about whether or not protest at Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill Church in Seattle.

Mark Driscoll recently made some pretty controversial comments as he responded to what happened with Ted Haggard. Driscoll suggests that some of the responsibility for pastors who cheat on their wives falls on the wives themselves when they don't make themselves look attractive. Here's the comment that set off the controversy:
Most pastors I know do not have satisfying, free, sexual conversations and liberties with their wives. At the risk of being even more widely despised than I currently am, I will lean over the plate and take one for the team on this. It is not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go; they sometimes feel that because their husband is a pastor, he is therefore trapped into fidelity, which gives them cause for laziness. A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband’s sin, but she may not be helping him either.

Here's Driscoll's own blog post if you want to read it for yourself.

While I completely disagree with what Driscoll is suggesting, I'm wondering--is it really a good idea to do this protest? After having attended the Revolution Conference a week ago--where kindness and forgiveness were commended as the foundation of this revolution (a "revolutionay kind of revolution" as they called it)--I'm actually kind of surprised to hear Jim Henderson suggesting in his comments that this protest is a good idea...

5 comments:

Dustin Reynolds said...

thats the way blogs work...people write stuff and you tell them what you think. It would be boring if I kept telling everyone what I thought. It would totally discourage them haha

Kyle said...

Protest? Nah. Saying publicly that it's a stupid and misogynistic sentiment? Definately.

Does Driscoll really think that Haggard decided he really wanted a guy because his wife became less appealing? Does he actually know any homosexuals? What goes through this man's head...?

Anonymous said...

Driscoll actually may be right. If you talk with people who do therapy for addicts of any kind, you might find out that addicts who fear acting out in one way may gravitate to very straight laced people who are the opposite extreme in hopes that their reserve will rub off and keep them from "going wild". It's falling off the log in the other direction and ends up adding to the mix of frustration and temptation.

Who knows whether it happened with Haggard... but it happens.

And saying it isn't any more "misogynisitic" than denying it is "misanthropic".

DGH said...

wow, anon. you were using words that I had to look up, heh.... nah to the prostest... it is about love, we sould be in healthy discussion with him and dinners and grow to love him, and hopefully grow together in reading the scripture. There are a lot of diffgerences that could be better handeled if we would just eat together. There is more power in food and communion than everyone realizes. anyway....take care!

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