Dear Mr Driscoll,
We’ve never met. In fact I don’t know much about you at all. I’ve heard a few things and read a few things. I’ve spoken with people about you and heard their opinions on you. I’ve listened to a couple of sermons, watched a few YouTube videos and I even follow you on Twitter. But I still don’t feel like I know a lot about you.
This week something has happened. It’s all a bit unclear and there are definitely questions of context but still I think we both know some things were said in the heat of the moment which have left a sour taste. Some people have said some things in response which, in the cold light of day, might feel churlish….actually I should apologise I commented on Facebook yesterday to a status about you and whilst it was in jest, we don’t know each well enough for you to know that so I just wanted to make sure there were no hard feelings?
Mr Driscoll, I guess if I knew you better we could have a better talk about this…I guess I could write this to you directly…or call…or text…or maybe even skype if the time difference allows.
I guess if I knew you better these things we’ve said would seem to make sense, maybe come from a more loving place or maybe even help each other grow.
I guess if I knew you better I’d know the words to use, the ways to communicate with you and I could use the opportunity to still provoke and challenge but do it with a grace and humility that sometimes escapes us both.
Maybe if I just knew you better…
I don’t know, maybe all this is just me being a coward. Perhaps what you really need is for me to tell it to you straight. Exactly what I think of you and your theology. Exactly what I think of your comments and your advice…but honestly I can’t see how that’ll help. I can’t see how my half-baked knowledge of you could bring anything helpful to this discussion. I don’t think that a few online videos, sermons, articles and interviews are enough to start willfully handing out advice or critique to someone I don’t know. I disagree with some of the stuff you’d said, the things you’ve written and, from what I can gather, some other pretty big stuff…but that’s alright! Next time you’re in London, let’s have dinner. We can disagree around the table, laugh at our stories and find common ground while we eat.
I can’t be entirely sure but I think we’re quite different so it would probably be a good idea to get to know each other a bit better.
For those unaware of the inspiration for this blog this article will explain http://www.christianpost.com/news/mark-driscoll-targets-cowards-of-the-british-church-in-explosive-interview-67064/