Given how culturally xenophobic the Evangelical Church in general is, it’s always frustrating to me (and at the same time sad) to see Evangelical Christian leaders make clumsy attempts at being culturally relevant.
(The relevant comments by Mark Driscoll are at the beginning of the video. You don’t have to watch all 10 1/2 minutes, even though all of it is interesting.)
Another case of cluelessness of an Evangelical Christian leader. So good dads don’t have sons who ever look at porn, play video games, or take the bus to work apparently. Can you imagine in a million years any Evangelical Christian leader saying anything equivalent to this about women?
No, Mark Driscoll, clueless Christian leaders like yourself are the problem, not guys looking at porn or playing video games on their phone or taking the bus to work. You’re like a boxer trying to fight with a blindfold on. You don’t even know who the enemy is or where he is, but you keep flailing away hoping to hit something or someone. Your church is 13,000 strong. That’s great. Meanwhile, Seattle is more liberal than ever. Washington State hasn’t had a conservative governor since the 80s and gay marriage is now legal. I’m sure the offering plate is full on Sundays though. Thirteen-thousand is a lot of people. It sounds like being in the “business of offending people” as you put it, is pretty lucrative. Ask Howard Stern and Tom Leykis.
And you comparing yourself to a punk rocker is laughable. You tell it like it is. That’s commendable. Yes, being controversial will indeed get you attention. So will twerking and dancing half naked and embarrassing yourself in front of millions of people. So what? Can you even name a punk rock band without using Google?
Pro tip: Mr. Driscoll, if you and the rest of the Evangelical Right want to start making progress in the gay marriage arena, start addressing the real heart of the problem, which are the problems in heterosexual marriage that are rampant inside and outside the church. Start addressing the fact that marriage in the U.S. has become a government institution instead of a religious one. Start addressing how men are regularly taken to the cleaners financially in divorce. Address the problems that come with the fact that the laws in the U.S. are structured in such a way that it encourages women to cheat (which women are doing now more than ever) and divorce, especially if her husband makes a lot of money. Address how the child support and alimony laws in the U.S. have essentially turned marriage into a form of legalized prostitution which is a big reason why men are marrying later in life than ever on average. If you really want to be different and “controversial”, be the pastor that starts lifting men up in the midst of a feminist culture that has becoming increasingly hostile to men and manliness. When you do that, men will start taking you seriously outside your Christian subculture.