Well, the good wife is due to pop at any minute now. Literally! And, as implied in my last post, I should be getting on with other stuff whilst I can. So, in the name of procrastination, here's another post inspired by things I've stumbled across in my late-night dawdles round the web...
Mark Driscoll has issues. There, I said it, For too long, I've avoided talking about Driscoll, simply because I was sick of so many other people talking about him all of the time (none less so than Driscoll himself!). But I just can't stand it any longer. It's time for those committed to a progressive Jesus following to distance themselves from the sexist, violent crap that he spouts.
Halden recently posted a MD quote:
'There is a strong drift toward the hard theological left. Some emergent types [want] to recast Jesus as a limp-wrist hippie in a dress with a lot of product in His hair, who drank decaf and made pithy Zen statements about life while shopping for the perfect pair of shoes. In Revelation, Jesus is a pride fighter with a tattoo down His leg, a sword in His hand and the commitment to make someone bleed. That is a guy I can worship. I cannot worship the hippie, diaper, halo Christ because I cannot worship a guy I can beat up.'
He then hits the nail on the head and hits it out of the ball park and other such metaphors:
What is ultimately so revealing about this whole statement is not so much that is shows clearly that Mark Driscoll is insanely insecure about his own male identity – though it certainly shows that with sublime clarity. What is revealing about this quote is how it shows the bombastically western notion of masculinity that defines large swaths of evangelicalism. For Driscoll anything less than the assertion that God himself is a gun-slinging son of a bitch makes one into a wuss who deserves nothing more than ridicule. Driscoll lives in a world of binary oppositions. You either have to be a cage fighter ready to beat the shit out of anyone who so much as glances at your girlfriend, or you are a pot-smoking hipster pinko who does nothing but surf the net on a Mac all day and drink organic microbrews.
I’ve had the misfortune of listening to Driscoll about a dozen times now and every single time he’s made some comment about Jesus not being a "wimp", etc... The last time I heard him, he also talked about some other preacher in terms like, “I’m sure he’s a really nice guy. You know, the kind who wears a Lemon sweater and sips Tea." In at least half of the talks, he mentioned - at more than passsing length - how big his church was.
It's pathetic really.
Anyway, go read Halden's post. You'll be glad you did.