Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Mark Driscoll Apologizes

Remember the spat between Mark Driscoll and Brian McLaren? Mark has posted an apology for the tone and character of his comments. I think his concerns were accurate; I agree that his vim and vigor were a bit over the top. So I appreciate his willingness to confess and repent publically over this type of thing. We could use more examples like this in the Christian community...


At 6:06 AM, Blogger Danny Zacharias said...

I don't know either of these persons (only in writing) but do hope that this posted apology was not the first act of reconciliation. While I do not doubt that Mark was genuine, he offended one person primarily and I hope that the apology came one on one (in person or on the phone) before this post. I recognize that he cannot personally apologize to everyone he may have offended, but Brian needed a personal apology.

This is one of those areas of Christian spirituality where our digital world and reliance on the computer does a severe injustice to God's desire for reconciliation and forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness on a blog post (or even on an email) cheapens forgiveness in my own opinion- it makes it a spectacle rather than a relational connection between two people seeking reconciliation with one another. I have no problem with the blog, and in fact I think it is appropriate for everyone who has listened in on this conversation to hear the apology- but the post should come after the fact.

"Matt. 5:23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
Matt. 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. "

It seems to me that this is an exchange between two people with God as the only audience.

My two cents. Danny

At 5:48 AM, Blogger Christian said...

Hi Danny, sorry to be so slow in responding to this. I definitely agree with you - a personal offense needs to be accompanied by personal repentance (and I am assuming that happened here, but none of us knows that one way or the other - if it didn't it should have).

The issue I was focusing on was the fact that a public apology was also in order, because it happened in a public forum. So McLaren wasn't the only person involved here - everyone who read it was. And in that case, public repentance is also both appropriate and necessary. And I think Mark did a good job of that (and this is something many of us do poorly at).


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