I met you about a week ago. I was fascinated; dazzled. Blown out of my mind. How you talked, your wit, energy made me want more and more. I would sit in class and in jollity of heart remember your teachings and sermons that I had left behind at home. I couldn’t wait to get home. Switch on the laptop, put on my earphones, open my notebook and with a glass of milk beside me, press play.
Yesterday, 18th October, actually it’s today 19th October, as I listened to one of your teachings dubbed “Only For Guys” on YouTube, I liked you. I did. And so quickly, I got to my twitter page and searched for your name, “Mark Driscoll”. That like all of my great and favorite Bible teachers; TD Jakes, Joel Osteen and Andy Stanley, I’d be able to get one or two insights of the LORD from you.
Shock on me!
All I see is feeds of you having resigned from Mars Hill Church, 4 days ago. I pinch myself, and yes, I’m not dreaming. I sit at my table, still shocked. Sad. Asking why? Did you do anything wrong? Or are you old to continue? I’ve read your resignation letter and seeing that charges have been made against you, I ask myself, “Are the videos I’m watching online different from the ones you lead on Sundays at Seattle?” That they needed 1000 hours to conclude a review of charges levied against you. Who are these people that you’ve been leading for the past two decades? They, for sure, didn’t know you.
Who are you, Mark? Tell me.
What did you do? You thought of yourself higher than you ought to? What happened to sober judgment, Mark? That’s what they’re saying.
What else: that you’re a misogynist? But you have two daughters and a beautiful wife.
You’re messages are clear, funny, direct to the point and to where I stand, or sit, at least to me, they are biblical principles I agree with.
I don’t want to judge. I don’t know you and I’ll leave it to God. But having ministered for 18 years and grown the church to 14,000 congregants, it’s sad the good you’ve done has been overshadowed by the bad. So, I won’t judge. Having quit on important things here and there myself, I understand. I’m lying. I can’t understand for the owner of the shoe knows where it pinches the most. People won’t see it from the outside. It’s only Grace (pun intended) that’ll comfort you at night and maybe the laughter of your children but final questions.
How does it feel like having to leave a home you built for 18 years with no send off party?
Being removed from a church planting network of more than 500 churches you helped found?
The New York Times writing how you’re rapidly becoming a pariah in the world that once cheered for you.
That feeling must suck! Huh?
But be a man! Be strong for your family and its sad how in just a week: before I got the chance to retweet some of your tweets, recommend you to my friends, read one of your article in ‘the resurgence’ and get the chance to know you; you’ve been taken away. Just like that.
Plus, please don’t take your life away. Jesus loves you. We also do.
As Romans 8:28 puts it, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
Keep the faith. Church is where the highest numbers of sinners are found. Not the strip clubs and casinos. The church. And so I’m not shocked if you’ve sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
We are awaiting a Job on the other side.
I won’t keep tabs with your stories online anymore. I don’t want any negatives about you. So no more asking of questions to the answers I don’t want to know. But I’ll follow you on twitter and watch your videos online (Unless the LORD tells me so), read your articles, pray for you and your family as we all turn and fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.