Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Letters to the Editor

"It's not that this writer says nothing that is true or of value. On the contrary, this article contains a great truth, but it is forever obscured and eclipsed by a bitter fog of sarcasm and cynicism."
Mark Driscoll has been provoking quite a bit of reaction around the blogosphere for his published response to Brian McLaren's statements about homosexuality. You can read Mark's thoughts at Christianity Today's blog.

Mark's blog has also had some witty but quite biting things to say about the Emergent crew in general (of which he was an early member), as found in his inaugural post entitled "welcome", and following posts regarding his lunch with Ravi Zacharias.

Not everyone has been happy with Mark's attitude or choice of words. I haven't read any of Mark's books so far, but I've seen some good things in what Mark is blogging about. Good questions. Good observations. I don't agree with everything, but there's still some good content there.

But that sarcastic, dismissive tone? Whatever happened to humility (1 Peter 5:5), speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and treating others as you would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31)?

For the record, the quote at the top of this post does not refer to anything Mark Driscoll has written. It was a well-crafted letter to the editor, sent over 20 years ago, providing a very necessary rebuke and correction to an arrogant, sarcastic, and equally acidic young writer named Robbymac.

I hope Mark loses "the attitude". I'm still trying to co-operate with the Spirit on refining my own (Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Timothy 5:1-2). In the meantime, don't miss what God may be saying through Mark -- remember, even Balaam's ass still had the Word of the Lord (Numbers 22:28-34 KJV).