Whew! Mark Driscoll likes the planet afterall.

I can’t tell you how relieved I am.

So much hoopla over the past week about Mark Driscoll’s comments at Catalyst about SUVs and the environment.

I wasn’t there.

But I knew he was joking.

And I knew he was going to be in trouble.

Because so many people are looking for villans today… someone to demonize… someone to shoot at.

Let’s take a sound byte from someone, pull it from it’s contextual setting, then make a big deal

So, Mark clarified:

For the record, I really like this planet. God did a good job making this planet. We should take good care of this planet until he comes back to make a new earth, like the Bible says he will.

So at the Driscoll house we recycle a lot; we organize our lives to drive very, very few miles in a vehicle; we buy local organic produce; and we do other things that would make a hippie happy (notice yet again the clever combination). To those who misunderstood the context, I am sorry if you were troubled. To those who understood context and still ranted, I am sorry that you do not have a sense of humor.

So… the apology (again with a hint of sarcasm/humor… pretty much said… hey look, I’m sorry you didn’t think my joke was funny.

And you know what? Some people are still upset, citing coal mining, polluted water sources, asthma, air pollution, etc. and citing the book of Proverbs, saying Driscoll  was likened to what the writer talked about when he said “Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking.”

I wonder if some people dislike the comment or the man?

Either way, get over it.

Mark’s you’re brother in Christ.

And Jesus forgave you (and me) for much worse than comments about SUVs.

Thank God.

Show a little grace.  Laugh a little.  And if you don’t think it’s funny, make up your own joke.  But lighten up.

That’s my take.  Tell me how I’m all wet.  (Don’t worry, I can take your jokes and criticism).

Todd

3 Comments

  • jamespetticrew May 16, 2013 Reply

    Great news looking forward to Mark apologising to the Church in the UK for saying we had no good bible teachers because he hadn’t heard of any. Looking forward to him apologising to the many men has said are less than men because they don’t subscribe to his vision of cage fighting, truck driving masculinity. Looking forward to Mark apologising to me as an Arminian preacher for saying .I teach that humans save themselves. Or maybe he was just kiddin about just kiddin?

    • Darcy Knight May 16, 2013 Reply

      Mark is the kind of guy who is always “joking.” For years, I listened to him on podcasts, and I can appreciate a lot of what he has to say. However, his humor has gotten a bit mean-spirited over the last few years, and sometimes I get tired of him saying stuff and then saying “what’s the matter? Can’t you take a joke?”
      And yes, what James said.

  • David May 16, 2013 Reply

    Yah. Mark isn’t the pope; he doesn’t speak for everyone. His like of MMA is in line with his ‘flock’ and his focus – young men who need to step up. The Seattle are is bulging with environmentalists and the SUV comment is, in a way, a funny poke at those who use a gallon of water washing out a cottage cheese container so their plastic recycling doesn’t smell.
    Mark isn’t perfect; but he does connect with a group or two that need him.

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