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.
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).