Today we hear in the news of the demise of an evangelical megachurch founder and pastor, Mark Driscoll. Mars Hill Church is located in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle WA, northwest coast of the USA. The “ungodly and disqualifying behavior” he is accused of is using church money to promote his book which denigrates women. It appears that his ministry is about promoting himself rather than true gospel values. American Evangelicals are not noted for publicly raising consciousness about the beliefs and behavior of their own church, but members of this church have come out strong, questioning Driscoll’s practices, especially his beliefs and treatment of women as second-class citizens. I find this very encouraging and it gives me a reason to respect them.
I came across this photo of a see-through-church after having read about Driscoll, and it hit me powerfully that what we really do need is see-through places of worship. A “What you see is what you get” policy would go a long way toward trust that furthers the ministry of every congregation. True community does not allow a loose cannon to dominate its life. I applaud the members of this church who stood up.
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Interesting! Thanks — as always! P
Thank you Rita for bringing this to my awareness. It reminds me of what Jesus reportedly told the Samaritan women at the well, about “Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth.” We are the “Church,” what others see is a culmination of what we have within us… that is expressed outwardly. There is no part of us that is better or worse then other parts of us. We are all a part of the body of God. Contrary to some beliefs, there are no favorite or chosen people, and none of us have the right to put down, kill,destroy, elevate ourselves, or to make ourselves or others an idol to be worshiped. To me that is the “greatest sin” that is “separation” from God, that will destroy us, because it destroys our connection to our essence, and each other. Diana
Thank you, Diana. And the worst of it is that when we idolize others we deprive ourselves and the community of our gifts.
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