It appears to be turning into American Pastors’ Week here at Martha Towers, which is nice. I like Americans (not all of them obviously) and I like pastors (not all of them obviously)
Today I am turning my attention to the shy, retiring and not at all publicity seeking Mark Driscoll. Now I have to admit that I have a sneaking regard for a Christian who likes to speak his mind. Sometimes we are too quiet when we need to speak. Sometimes though, Pastor Driscoll’s outpourings seems to cross over the line of loveliness. He is in charge of a mahoosive church in America and I am sure he is very popular among this huge population. He is not, however, as popular with some women (see his mind-blowing remarks on women in leadership here) or with British church leaders (see his encouraging and Christian solidarity promoting remarks here. Although he did try and wriggle out of this a bit later by saying that the interviewer had upset him)
There is probably not enough space in the cyber world for me to share my feelings on this and you are all too young anyway. So I will move on in a Christian and forgiving way to his latest controversial remarks which have added the Greens to the list of groups who have crossed him off their Christmas list.
“I know who made the environment. He’s coming back and he’s going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV”
I have to confess that I had to look up “SUV”. I think what he is talking about here is the equivalent of a zillionaire in London who drives a huge four-wheel drive – just because they can and are therefore – officially – donks.
However, that aside, it’s the sheer carelessness of the remark that does my head in. I don’t know where you are on the Creation/Evolution debate. I know Christians who believe that the world evolved and God loves it and I know Christians who believe that God fashioned every single petal of every flower individually and loves it. And I know Christians of every hue in between.
Just because something isn’t going to last forever, does that give us the right to trash it? The earth has a job to do. In Psalm 19 it says.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands
I would think that you would trash that at you peril. When our daughter was little we bought her a doll’s house. It was from Ikea, about a foot taller than her and made from cardboard. How she loved that house. She decorated it and furnished it, then she re-decorated it. It was used as a house and a space station and, because she is who she is, a place to train lady pilots and doctors – often in the same classroom. It gave us so much joy to have given her something that she loved so much. There really is nothing like the feeling of seeing someone you love really appreciate something you have given to them. Of course, because it was only made of cardboard, eventually it went through one makeover too many and we had to kiss it goodbye.
However you believe the world got here, it is, I think anyway, part of God’s love letter to us. I have neither the desire nor the will to throw something so beautiful back in his face. It is my role, I think to tread as lightly as possible and enjoy it while it lasts.