Michael Newnham offers a very insightful commentary on the Mark Driscoll fiasco. He writes,
Mark Driscoll’s resignation is both a victory and a loss.
The tyrant has been felled, but the truth and the larger Body of Christ have not been served.
The choice Driscoll faced was between acting as a corporate leader or the leader of a church.
In the corporate world, you cut your losses, protect your resume, and move on to the next opportunity.
In the church, there is supposed to be repentance, restitution, and restoration.
This was a corporate resignation.
The wounded and abused have not been validated, the wrongs have not been confessed or addressed, and there was no opportunity to forgive and restore.
If Mark Driscoll really wanted to “make Jesus famous” he had a golden opportunity to do so.
Jesus is famous for forgiving sins and restoring broken people…the only requirements are confession and repentance.
Driscoll could have modeled how that works.
He could have lived the Gospel in front of his people.
Had he chosen to do so…to honestly and humbly deal with his sin and work through a biblical process with his church…I believe grace would have flowed like a river.
The world that has watched this debacle unfold could have seen how Christ makes a difference in the lives of His people.
Those who have suffered at his hand could have been comforted and restored.
The financial and ethical issues could have been addressed and resolved.
The local Body could have been healed.
People could have seen the grace and mercy of Jesus at work in a leader and believed they could receive it too…it would have empowered the Gospel the thousands.
That… would have been a true biblical “victory” that honored Christ.
Instead the Body is split, the wounded must heal on their own, and others will clean up the mess.
Driscoll remains in his sins and the corporate model of “church” has survived another scandal.
Source: By Michael Newnham, A Hollow Victory, Phoenix Preacher, http://michaelnewnham.com/?p=19569, Published 16/10/2014. (Accessed 17/10/2014.)