Friday, October 16, 2009

Driscoll Writes Controversial Article

Mark Driscoll has begun writing articles for the Washington Post. His first article (found here) certainly upset some of the commenters.

You may be thinking, "Ah, I know Driscoll's track record. He probably hornked some people off with some unnecessary language." (You'd be wrong, there's none to be found.) Perhaps a racy comment or two? (Nope.) "At the least, he probably thundered calvinism and complimentarianism in exclusive terms, turning off some who may be reading. (And while Driscoll holds to those views [as do I], you don't find them in this article.)

Driscoll's article begins with a question (assumedly from the editors or from a reader): What makes the best 'case for God' to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of faith and Why?

Driscoll's audacious answer: Jesus

Yep, that's what got some reader's ire up. One gentleman--who wrote a number of comments--originally began disputing the timeline of when the gospel's were written and pointing out things like Paul's silence on the virgin birth. He adopts and points to several different conspiracies (Such as, we can know for a fact that none of the gospels were written by their namesake.) A few other commenters try to get involved and show him that his "scholarship" is suspect. But eventually proving Driscoll's point, the man comments again:

And here we get to the core problem with Christianity: It's inherently immoral. Jesus dying for your sins, if he did, is a horribly immoral concept. Think about it for one quick second. Zoom yourself out of your present world view and just try to see it like it is. Someone kills your son. As the judge is sentencing the person to life in prison, a man in the courtroom stands up and says: "I've done nothing wrong, but punish me instead. I will take the burden for this crime." Has justice been served if he is allowed to take the punishment? No. It hasn't. Vicarious redemption of sins on a cross or any other way is just plain wrong. Say what you will, but human morality is based on personal responsibility for actions. You do something wrong. You are responsible. Letting someone else take the blame, that's disgusting.

You were born right the first time. Get over it. Hell isn't real. There are no demons. There are no monsters in the closet. If this is the only life you get, you're wasting it on empty threats and empty promises.
And there we realize the offense; the cross.
but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.--1 Corinthians 1:23-24
The real controversy is Christ. It's not Intelligent Design. It's not Theism. It's not the Bibliographic Standard. It's Jesus.

Keep your eyes fixed on Him.

Continue to proclaim Him.

Pray that others will see Him.

1 comment:

Margaret said...

thank you for reminding me how simple it really is- that the answer is and always will be Jesus Christ. I really needed to hear that, especially now.