The internet recently abuzzed over Mark Driscoll’s facebook query a week ago poking fun at “effeminate” males—particularly “effeminate” male worship leaders: “So, what stories do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leaders you’ve ever personally witnessed? >>>
“I then put a flippant comment on facebook, and a raging debate on gender and related issues ensued. 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, they’re right. Praise God I have elders who keep me accountable and that I am under authority” (//link)
Very humble, don’t you think? And, oh so specific in its focus. Driscoll is obviously sorry he’s offended so many people. Perhaps he should get a plaque. I know! NAMB could sponsor it. I’ll raise the question during the Q/A after Dr. Ezell gives his report at the New Orleans 2012 SBC.**
Even so, perhaps evangelical author Rachel Held Evans said it both best and wisest:
“I know that many were hoping for an apology, but as followers of Jesus we must be willing to forgive without one. This is a step in the right direction, and I thank Mark for taking it” (italics added, //link)
For the most part though, who do you suppose paddled the macho man’s little behinny for making the gender debate more impossible to manage? Was it Driscoll’s faithful band of young “reformed” albeit restless lieutenants who speak much about possessing more amenable language toward those with whom they disagree? Was it Driscoll’s friend and mentor, Al Mohler, who browbeat Southern Baptists for their own alleged version of “homophobia” and saw Driscoll as creating unhelpful, ill-advised, and insulting stereotypes of non-manly males***? Was it any number of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professors who teach at Driscoll’s A29 school? Was it Kevin Ezell, Ed Stetzer, or Danny Akin—you know, those who continue cramming Driscollism down Southern Baptists’ throat—who corrected Driscoll?
It was none of these. The few questioning Driscoll’s unchecked effeminaphobia were evangelicals on the left*** (and even some non-Christians). The “reformed” community sat in a circle with their heads down staring at their navel while humming Luther's mighty fortress. So much for their ceaseless calls for accountability. Apparently for them, accountability only applies when the other side messes up.
In my view, one loud mouth like Mark Driscoll can potentially cause more collateral damage to Christianity’s cultural engagement with society than a century’s worth of denominational pronouncements. Perhaps someone needs to remind Dr. Al Mohler the next time he takes a swipe at Southern Baptists about repenting of our homophobia to encourage some of his reformed friends at T4G, TGC and A29 to repent of their effeminaphobia.
With that, I am…
*cached version may be viewed here
**yes, I’m being facetious; and just kidding around about the question… :^)
***for purposes here, a non-manly male is a guy who is not as manly as Mark Driscoll thinks himself to be
*****And, given my need for rest to wipe the blur from my eyes, some of you were hoping I was quitting the blogging gig. Not yet I’m afraid…