Defending Driscoll?

Apt since Driscoll's "Gospel" is about as accurate as Mel Gibson's portrayal of William Wallace
Apt since Driscoll’s “Gospel” is about as accurate as Mel Gibson’s portrayal of William Wallace

Recently, it has come to our attention that Mark Driscoll is a bullying asshole. That’s not really a revelation of startling proportions, is it? I mean, we already knew he was a bullying asshole. But now, we have  new information to reinforce that fact. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a little over 10 years ago, Driscoll posted on an unmoderated Mars Hill discussion board as William Wallace II and said some rather uncouth (and unpastor-like) things. According to Driscoll/Wallace, “We live in a completely pussified nation” and it’s all the fault of Adam, “who kept his mouth shut and watched everything fall headlong down the slippery slide of hell/feminism when he shut his mouth and listened to his wife who thought Satan was a good theologian when he should have lead (sic) her and exercised his delegated authority as king of the planet.” That’s just a taste. To see more of this douchey rant, check out Matt Turner’s post on the matter. 

But, I’m not here to talk about Driscoll’s douchiness. He’s apologized for it (sort of) and, to be honest, I’ve already spent more time on him than I’d like. What I do want to talk about is the support this minister pastor asshole has been getting. Check out some comments made on blog posts critical of Driscoll’s behavior:

  • On Matt’s post, someone said ”

    I think this is actually pretty funny. He makes some solid points but also is a little crazy. As with any Christian leader or person or pastor – take the meat, spit out the bones. Or just don’t partake in his teaching. And if we’re calling people out on their sin, the Bible says to do it alone first. So unless you’ve gone and talked to him about it before posting it, this blog post isn’t biblical.” Ah, yes; the old “this isn’t biblical” defense. Because everything should be biblical. And, by “biblical”, I mean “back up my personal beliefs”.

  • Another said “…if you actually listen to him, it is all from Scripture.  He is more effective at preaching the truth than 99% of the pastor out there.” While I will dispute that “it is all” scriptural, I will agree that a good bit of it is. But, scripture also condones slavery and I don’t see anyone lining up to defend that heinous practice these days.
  • Someone else asked “…how does this hurt men at Mars Hill?  It challenges them to be responsible men (both to God and their wives?)” Right, because treating women like servants and/or children is what responsible men do. 
  • A commenter on Rachel Held Evans’ piece stated that “Mark has appeal, especially to men (not all men, I know that). His appeal is evidenced so clearly by his success.” As if appeal makes up for the revolting nature of what Driscoll says. 
  • And, of course, there were multiple calls for Matt and Rachel Held Evans (two of the bloggers calling attention to this mess) to rise above and treat Driscoll in a Christian manner by not passing on bad reports.  One even said Rachel’s post was a “Christianised version of the British tabloid” (if you’ve read Rachel’s blog, you know how utterly ridiculous this accusation is). 

Here’s the thing, I read those transcripts and when I heard the man had defenders all I could think was “What the fuck is wrong with you people?!?” How could any thinking, feeling Christian resonate with the twisted, hateful bile this man spewed while hiding behind a pseudonym? Oh, but he apologized for it, some will say. No, he apologized for the tone and the language, not for the disgusting content of those statements. There are times when Christians make me want to cry. And, not in the good way.

Let’s get one thing straight, hateful comments about anyone are abhorrent. Hateful comments against “the least of these” (and, yes women, people who are LGBT, men who are less than “manly” qualify for that title) are not only abhorrent, they go against the only rule Jesus ever gave his disciples: “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other.

So, if you want to talk about scripture or preaching the Gospel, let’s start with that. There is no love whatsoever in calling a someone “pussified” because he treats women as equals, using sexual orientation as an insult or blaming the problems of the world on women. Preaching this perversion of the Gospel is a direct violation of Jesus’ commandment. And, defending anyone who does so is as much a violation as saying them yourself.