There has been quite a lot going on in the blog world over the past few days. It started with Brian McLaren’s post here about a pastoral response to the issue of homosexuality. Then Mark Driscoll, pastor from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, responded to McLaren with this garbage filled response (proceed at your own risk). Driscoll’s comment was so obscene it had to be literally edited by the Christianity Today’s blog moderators!!
There’s been a lot blogged about in regards to the McLaren vs. Driscoll debate and I don’t really want to rehash any of that here. What I do want to address is the issue of Driscolls suggestion regarding Doug Pagitt. Here is a portion of Driscoll’s unedited original comment.
Then, Brian’s Tonto Doug Pagitt, an old acquaintance of mine, wrote the following in a book he and I both contributed to called Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches edited by Robert Webber and due out this spring: “The question of humanity is inexorably linked to sexuality and gender. Issues of sexuality can be among the most complex and convoluted we need to deal with. It seems to me that the theology of our history does not deal sufficiently with these issues for our day. I do not mean this a critique, but as an acknowledgement that our times are different. I do not mean that we are a more or less sexual culture, but one that knows more about the genetic, social and cultural issues surrounding sexuality and gender than any previous culture. Christianity will be impotent to lead a conversation on sexuality and gender if we do not boldly integrate our current understandings of humanity with our theology. This will require us to not only draw new conclusions about sexuality but will force to consider new ways of being sexual.”
Although I am unsure exactly what Doug meant by this last statement for safety’s sake I would strongly recommend that all farmers, particularly those surrounding Minneapolis, lock up their sheep at night effective immediately.
So yeah, Driscoll suggested on a public blog that Doug Pagitt has sex with sheep. And what’s even more amazing is that very few voices in the progressive Christian blogging community have actually taken Driscoll to task for this kind of statement. Most of the focus is on defending McLaren, which I agree with as well, but there’s been very little talk regarding the Pagitt comment. Even Andrew Jones, a blogger who I’ve really respected and enjoyed, pretty much chalks Driscoll’s comment to his “Midrash” personality. Jones does characterize the sheep comment as “nasty”, so it’s not a complete free pass, but geez. How pissed would any of us be if it were ourselves who were publicly accused of having our way with the barn animals?
This post is me officially throwing my hat in the ring and calling out this comment as simply evil and utterly childish. The fact that Driscoll doesn’t feel the need to offer a public apology to Doug is beyond me (if this has happend already, clue me in). I realize none of us are perfect and we all say/write things we regret. No one is completely innocent in that regard. With that said, Doug Pagitt needs to be supported much more strongly within this shit storm that is the progressive/emergent blogging community.