Is Mark Driscoll a Bully?
[L]et me begin by stating that I’m not a fan of Mark Driscoll, the Pastor of Mars Hill church in Washington. Due to his rising status as well as his controversial nature I seem to get asked my opinion about him quite often. I’ve always answered the questions but have stopped short of any “official” stance against him. I try to focus on what I’m for rather than what I’m against, especially when they are disagreements with other Christians. However, Rachel Held Evans recently posted a terrific blog post where she classifies Driscoll’s shocking behavior as that of a bully. As a result, she gives action steps on how to address this by contacting the eldership of his church. You can read her post here. It strikes me as a fine line between attacking a person and defending the people that a person is hurting. I read her post as fitting more into the defending category and not primarily on attacking, although it is easy to see how you could make a case for both. I’d love to hear from you on this. Is a call to action to stop Driscoll from bullying people more of an attack on him or is it more of a defense of people that he is hurting? ***UPDATE 7-13-11*** It seems that Mark has owned the facebook comment that started this current explosion in the first place. According to his blog:
“As a man under authority, my executive elders sat me down and said I need to do better by hitting real issues with real content in a real context. And, theyâ€™re right. Praise God I have elders who keep me accountable and that I am under authority.” “…sincere thanks to all my critics who sometimes have good wisdom that helps me out.”
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