The late breaking news today and trending on Facebook is the resignation of elder and preaching/founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll. Over the course of several months, criticism and allegations have been levied against Mark leading to a leave of absence and eventually his resignation. The details of the events and allegations are available online. However, I want to use this post to discuss the Church and our response as followers of Jesus.
No one should glory or revel in the decision Mark and Grace Driscoll made. This is not the time for celebration but contemplation and prayer. If we take a deep look at our lives, we could potentially find ourselves in a place of accusation and unrelenting criticism due to our behavior, attitude, language and disposition. As I read Mark’s letter and Mars Hill Church’s response, it was (and continues to be) a sobering time of checking how we live, work, and treat one another.
It’s my prayer that this will cause The Church to pray!
Pray for the Mars Hill Church family, its board of elders and accountability, pastors, and the Driscoll family during this transition time.
Pray for those who were affected by any inappropriate or harsh words from Mark and/or any leader;
Pray for the healing and restoration of dividing factions for the sake of the Gospel and God’s glory.
I was recently at the Festival of Praise concert featuring Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. Between songs, Fred and Donnie shared their personal testimonies of overcoming. Donnie shared a powerful statement: “This is not the time for entertainment. This is the time for The Church to pray!” My sentiments exactly. This is not the time for The Church to get wrapped up in the latest entertaining craze or trend. This is the time for The Church to rise up in prayer in faith that God will restore every broken piece and every wounded heart.
“..no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.” – Isaiah 54:17