Thursday, June 16, 2016

in the wake of the Orlando shooting Mark Driscoll shares about 14 kinds of suffering in the Bible courtesy of recycled content from his old book Who Do You Think You Are?

In the wake of the Orlando shootings the internet has erupted with the usual sort of activity and people are advocating for the usual things.  Even the admonitions to go do something aren't unusual.  To go by how folks are advocating on the internet it would seem that the solution (assuming there is one, really) is that if we just got the red-state police state or the blue-state police state things would get better.  I confess to being so jaded, pessimistic and fatalistic about stuff that proposing more profiling and more bans won't change things but that Americans on the internet basically want a totalitarian regime so long as it's sufficiently "left" or "right" to do what they want it to do for them.

Slate has trotted out a comparison of how since we abolished slavery we can eventually abolish certain uses of weapons or reconceive the 2nd amendment so that it doesn't permit the kind of gun ownership that currently exists.  Of course the comparison is between slavery and gun ownership rather than between prohibiting gun ownership and prohibiting alcohol consumption.  People are probably still more likely to be killed, maimed or injured by drunks at a wheel than by gun users (not that gun users don't kill too many people).  The difficulty seems to be that Americans want all or nothing.

But Mark Driscoll's above that kind of thing.  He's shared something special this week. 

http://markdriscoll.org/14-kinds-of-suffering-in-the-bible/
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In case it could be of any help, I'm posting this blog as a Bible teaching Christian pastor hoping to help people think and pray through this widespread suffering in their own time of processing with the Lord.  In such times we wrestle with the realities of evil, sin, and death as we pray for the victims, all those affected, and the family, friends, ministry leaders, and professional counselors who are entering into long and painful processes of helping people process this tragedy.

See, had it been just that ... alright.  That second long sentence is okay.

It's just that there's the 14 point list. 

But it's not just that ... go scroll down to the bottom where it's written:

Note: Much of the content from this blog was adapted from the book Who Do You Think You Are?

People who have had loved ones die this week deserve a little bit more than a blog post that is much adapted from a book that was published in 2013.  This was another book, besides Real Marriage, in which citation problems ended up getting fixed.

This could have been better, folks.  There was a kernel in there of something ... something that we might never see because it moved quickly from talking about a recent tragedy and shifted gears swiftly into a recycled list.  Then again .... ten years ago Mark Driscoll transformed the scandal of Ted Haggard into an opportunity to opine on how while some wives letting themselves go didn't make them responsible for their husbands' adultery they probably weren't helping things, either.

So ... compared to THAT, do we call this progress?

1 comment:

Cal P said...

This isn't just Driscoll, but I've always found the "bible teaching Christian", pastor or otherwise, kind of a stupid statement. It implies that whatever he is about to say is the "biblical" answer, which is to say the true answer. Because I think the Bible is infallibly inspired that prefacing my own comments with such statements of authority, unless I am merely quoting (for argument or not), seems a well-spring of arrogance.

I don't know how this fits in with all the other insane stuff that has happened (is happening) over the Evangelical world, but perhaps it's a fundamental problem with authority that causes trouble. And this is not only an Evangelical problem. As you said in another post, RHE and progressive types suffer a similar kind through authority as popularity and authority as false-humility (i.e. "I'm only asking questions, and raising my doubts in a courageous and totally authentic way").

I'm not sure if it was Mark Twain who complained that every Protestant becomes a kind of paper-pope with his bible in hand. I can appreciate this when the Evangelical jungle leads to some getting power over others, kind of like Jack in Lord of the Flies.

2 cents,
cal