This blog post isn't really about Mark Driscoll or what he may or may not be.
Here's the thing:
I don't really like the guy.
I even hid him on fb because his posts irked me so much.
But the guy's my brother in Christ.
And God loves him.
I think Jesus meant all that stuff when he said things like,
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you".
Since Driscoll is neither my enemy nor persecuting me, it's probably supposed to be even easier to love this guy.
Anyone who's ever been to a wedding knows what love is according to God's Word:
"Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
forgive the unforgivable,
love the unlovable &
accept the unacceptable
BECAUSE that's exactly what He did in accepting, loving and forgiving me just the way I am, in all of my messiness.
I don't have this LOVE thing down, by far.
I don't follow Mark Driscoll on twitter because of it.
But I can trust that God will use Mark Driscoll and his ministry to reach people that no one else is reaching.
"To reach people no one else is reaching we must do things no one else is doing." -Craig Groeschel
...Certainly, no one else is doing things quite like Mark Driscoll... according to Mark Driscoll anyway...
A way to begin loving the way that Jesus commanded me to love is by praying for him and his ministry, and by praying that God would give me more love for the people that He loves.
I don't have any answers... just my own ugly sinful pride to show you.
One more thing:
No matter what I think of the guy and his posture or peripheral beliefs, He sure can preach the Gospel. Take a look: