One more post on this, and then I’m done . . . for now
January 30, 2006, 11:38 am
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Brian McLaren has posted a response to Mark Driscoll’s response to him (got that?). I thought it fair to put it up here. Interesting that Brian never uses Driscoll’s name in his response – seems like a wise move.

With that said, my intention is to back quietly away from this particular discussion. After re-reading my post a few times and thinking about it a bit, I don’t really like the things it brought out in me. While I didn’t say anything that I don’t believe, I came across angrily because I was, in fact, angry. And while anger in and of itself is not sinful, I am not usually as disciplined as I would like to be with how I handle anger. I entered into the wrongdoing of others with my response.

This is why I tend toward being a pacifist – and not just in the war vs. no-war sense of pacifism. The truth is, when I get mad, I want to break stuff – it almost never manifests itself verbally or physically, mind you, but that’s what’s in my heart. I don’t really want to be a pacifist, but I’m going on the assumption that I need to be one – in particular when it comes to my heart and words. The smartest teacher I’ve ever known once said,

“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, “Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother “idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell “stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.

‘Nuff said.


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Yes, I had to do the same thing…Or else, it can be a never ending story that becomes more hurtful then helpful. Peace!

Comment by Chris Marlow

Good point Steve. We would refrain from doing quite alot if we would consider not only WHAT we’re doing, but HOW we’re doing it. If not done in the spirit of Jesus and hopefully being led by him, then we’d best not do it.


Comment by Ted Gossard

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