Saturday, October 31, 2015

in which Mark Driscoll imagines that eavesdropping in a bronze age court is the same as reading what self-selecting celebrities post to Twitter this week--two years ago this week, "The Hardest Part of Ministry"
October 19, 2015
...Eavesdropping was apparently a problem 3000 years ago. Sadly, the Internet has only made things worse. It used to be that only God could really peer into the daily events of a person’s life – seeing what they do, hearing what they say. But, now we can all be a little like God peering in on everyone else’s life, seeing their photos, reading their posts, and obsessing over their opinion of us. The problem is, there is usually somebody somewhere saying something about us that they would never say to our face. If we are living for the approval and “likes” of our fan base, we are doomed for destruction. Every single one of us has said some things about others that we hope never gets back to them, so we have to cut others some slack. Flame throwing online is now a global hobby and produces nothing but misery. Before long, the world is invited in, and like monkeys at the zoo, the poo flinging commences. Solomon’s advice is the best – ignore it. There are better things to do – like pretty much anything.

This is a category error of magically, willfully foolish proportions.  Now we can all be a little like God peering in on everyone else's life because people are using social media and mass media tools without thinking through what "for the record" means.  Leave it to the guy who apparently imagined that posting lengthy rants as William Wallace II might not come back to haunt him to propose that we get to be a little like God for ... reading what people put on social media of their own volition for the world to read.

It's not exactly eavesdropping if you voluntarily publish in social and mass media, though, which is an essential failure in the chain of thought here.

If you don't want people commenting about something you publish in social and mass media you can disable comments so the commentary is at most indirect. You can also opt to not publish to begin with.  Thematically this gets to something ... Driscoll shared at the top of this week, October 26, that it was the birthday of one of his kids.
October 26, 2015   

12 Honors for Fathers of Daughters

Along with meeting Jesus and having a wife, there is nothing that changes a man for the better more than having a daughter. Life is filled with many gifts, and a daughter is a special gift. As a man with two daughters, I am doubly blessed. This week our youngest daughter, Alexie, turned 12. In light of her birthday, I thought of 12 honors that God the Father bestows on those of us with daughters.

October 26 was a date that rung a bell, a very particular bell.

So even though two years ago Driscoll was fretting about how the most soul-aching part of ministry was the danger his wife and children were in on account of his public figure/ministry role it's two years later and he's shown his repentance of how he's conducted himself on social and mass media by choosing to not get his children or wife in any way involved in his public ministry?
or showing up for the camera when Brian Houston did an interview

He's still using social media to include his children in the media immersion experience of whoever follows Mark Driscoll Ministries.  And his wife is contributing content. 

Look, if a parent is concerned their kid gets flak for being the kid of somebody famous or controversial that's a totally fair concern.  But "The Hardest Part of Ministry" was published TWO YEARS AGO.  What is it about the Phoenix area that's so much safer than Woodway that it's alright keep the social media thing going mentioning all the kids? Wouldn't a consistent application of concern for the kids not getting dragged into the controversies associated with dad and repenting of any activities that risked that be something like ... well ... not continuing to use your kids as an opportunity to post

As to "Flame throwing online is now a global hobby" surely Mark Driscoll writes as someone who has himself never, ever decided to post any vaguely or insinuatingly inflammatory statements about famous people he's never met, right?

Praying for our president, who today will place his hand on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.
8:17 AM - 21 Jan 2013

Strange that two years from the day he published "The Hardest Part of Ministry" and a week after he talked about the badness of social media making eavesdropping so easy he has his dozen bits about being a daddy to a daughter.  If you really want people to not comment about what you do with social and broadcast media you can either not use it, or use it in a way where you don't include all of the family you lamented two years ago had to face struggles because of how people reacted to stuff you put on social and broadcast media.

There's still "there's a pile of dead bodies behind the Mars Hill bus" (discussed some here) and Mark Driscoll has never issued an apology for his pre-emptive "A Blog Post for the Brits". If Mark Driscoll wants to bemoan how bad it is that people have made flame throwing online a global hobby he's the pot calling the kettle black.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Glad you mentioned the "pile of dead bodies", because this comment is almost unbelievably cynical and hypocritical coming from the mastermind behind William Wallace II, the dead bodies reference that conjured up images of Bergen-Belsen, and the church culture that was described by Paul Tripp as the most abusive and coercive he'd ever seen in his career.

What is Driscoll thinking? Has he no shame? No fear of God? No inkling of anything even approaching the truth?