I made a decision recently. No more Mark Driscoll.
No sermons. No books. No blog posts. No podcasts. No interviews. No blog posts ABOUT him, either.
When I read his words, listen to him preach, it puts me into an emotional and spiritual tailspin. I question, doubt and get angry. I withdraw, hunker down, and overprotect.
Maybe I'm just not emotionally and spiritually strong enough to endure him... I'm not ashamed to admit that might very well be the case.
I'm still figuring out why I respond to him the way that I do, but I know that for my own mental, spiritual and emotional health, I need to create a healthy boundary between myself and his words.
So, I'm asking for your grace. I have a lot of friends who choose to speak out against the doctrine he preaches and his particular delivery... I won't be reading those anymore. It's not that I don't love you or support you, I just need space.
If you're around me personally, and you start talking about him, I'll probably walk away. And if I don't walk away, remind me that I need to. Don't be offended, I just need space.
If you're a Driscoll fan, please understand that this is not about you. I understand why some would find his style of preaching and his doctrine appealing, and why people around the country are listening to him. I mean no disrespect, and I'm not looking for an argument. I just need space.
I'm in continual process. I stumble and fumble my way around faith and life and I'm just trying to figure things out. But one thing I do know is that I know myself well... and I know what I need.
And this boundary I've created? I need it.
Thanks for respecting it.