Friday, March 5, 2010

What To Make of Mark Driscoll

I'm still not sure what to make of Mark Driscoll.

Maybe it's just me being a wishy-washy emerging Christian, but I don't think I would feel totally comfortable going to his church. For starters, he's part of the whole New Calvinism movement. I personally don't have anything against Calvinism (in fact, I started an interesting conversation about Calvinism on my personal blog), but Driscoll seems to really emphasize the whole Total Depravity thing. For examples, there's this video where Driscoll explains that God hates both the sin and the sinner:

True, he does go on to say how Christ died for our sins, and we are saved by grace alone. But to me it seems like if God would hate us, why would He send His Son to die for us?

Then there's his emphasis on masculinity:

I thought being a man meant laying down your life for your wife (Ephesians 5:25), not watching football and hunting.

And then there's this bit he did on the movie Avatar:

I'm not a big fan of Avatar, either, but mostly because I'm a horrible movie snob (I'll take Wes Anderson over James Cameron any day). And to be fair, Driscoll isn't the only Christian who has slammed Avatar; Steven Koster at Think Christian called the movie "pagan and boring". But I think Driscoll's comments got so much buzz because it does kind of sound your typical fundamentalist getting too hung up on the "liberal-run" Hollywood. I like to think we have bigger things to worry about, like poverty and nuclear war.

And yet Driscoll is NOT a fundamentalist. In fact, in this video he points out seven signs of fundamentalism:

And that's why I'm always ranting about fundamentalism, because fundamentalists believe their interpretation is the infallible Word of God.

So I'm not really sure what to make of Driscoll. On one hand, I think a lot of what he says teeters on misogyny and sexism. But on the other hand, technically he is still my brother in Christ, and the Bible tells us to be like-minded towards one another. Besides, I've only handpicked a few videos, so I'm sure this blog is not a full representation of Driscoll's character.

I'd love to interview Driscoll for my podcast Coffee Chats, because I want to open up a conversation with both "emerging" Christians and more "Reformed" Christians. I think if we just talk to each other, we can really learn a lot. So Mark, if you're reading, call me and we chat over some coffee.

1 comment:

  1. Here's a sermon on Avatar that takes a much different approach--a Mars Hill approach. Rather than view Jake Sully as a "false Christ", Sully is viewed as a Christ figure. Big difference.

    The Theology of AVATAR (Mar 7, 2010)
    Sermon: Pastor Albert Chu