Can you smell the vitriol?
America’s angriest pastor tends to get people riled up.
A lot of people I respect like Greg Boyd and Rachel Held Evans seem to bristle when he’s mentioned. I do too.
The problem is, I think we’ve lost the ability to distance the person from their doctrine. Sure, in a sense a person’s beliefs are conjoined in an essential way of part of who they are… But as horrible and downright evil as some of his beliefs and teachings are, it doesn’t mean he’s not part of our family. It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t deserve our #prayers and #compassion.
Instead of demonizing him, distancing ourselves from him, and calling for him to resign… (The man’s heart is obviously to see God glorified, even if he goes about it all wrong…) Why not send him a gift basket, pray for him, and ask God to bring him to repentance?
How powerful would that be?
What a real illustration of God’s kingdom at work.
So… Don’t pray for Mark Driscoll to get fired, pray for God to change his heart. God is good at that kind of thing. Yknow… #redemption stuff