Well, judging from the fact that the blogosphere is going nuts (and I’ve had more hits in the last seven days than I got more blog traffic than all of last year), people in Evangelicalism are all pretty aware of the whole Mark Driscoll showing up at Strange Fire shenanigans. I wrote about the situation here, but at that time I was waiting on the facts.
My friend Jules LaPierre, over at Jules Diner, has posted the video footage of the incident. The facts are now plain as day:
Watch for yourself and ask yourself whether or not this was some sort of angry exchange, or some sort of security crackdown where they wrongly took his stuff.
You tell me what you think.
So how should we respond to this?
Well, I’d say two things are important:
1. We don’t need to hound him and call him a liar. If you’re reading this, please don’t pursue him on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and demand his repentance. The only thing that will do is annoy him and make you look like this:
The message might be accurate, but the delivery basically makes you look like you’re nuts.
In situations like this, we have to remember that Exodus 20:16 isn’t the only verse in the scripture. Ephesians 4:29-30 and Colossians 4:6 (among other passages) still apply, so don’t take it upon yourself to be the Holy Spirit in his life. He’s not your pastor, you’re not his pastor, you don’t know him, and Matthew 18 doesn’t apply between you and him in this scenario.
2. We should watch to see if he does admit his deceit. The evidence is pretty clear and the facts speak for themselves, and this is honestly not really a massive offense…which should make repentance fairly easy and non-threatening for a guy like Mark Driscoll. All it would take is a message like “Yeah, I spoke out of turn and said that security took my stuff when really I gave it to them as a gift. I wasn’t exactly being honest about the whole scenario and I’d like to ask for the forgiveness of the Grace Church people who I misrepresented.”
If Mark Driscoll doesn’t do that, then that would be something definitely worth noticing. Refusing to repent in the face of hard facts about statements of untruth that came from his mouth would place him in some rather dubious and uncomfortable company:
The last thing I’d like to see is Mark Driscoll heading down a similar path.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Okay, Driscoll isn’t quite Caner yet…” Unger
P.S. – Just so the title doesn’t leave people feeling ripped off at this point:
See what I mean about MacDonald and Principle Strickland?
Also, Leslie Nielsen shopped at the same glasses store as the other two.