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“Go into all the world…and argue with each other.”

May 20, 2011

This comment by Mark Driscoll sparked a lengthy (660+ comments) debate on his Facebook stream over the rightness or wrongness of the comment, as well as debate over his own character. Now, offensive it may be, but it is spoken with a purpose, and is not merely a “slam.”

Guys who went to Bible college/seminary & graduate to a sheltered nerd lifestyle where they read books & argue with other nerds about what Christian leaders are doing but not reaching people or doing much other than babysitting consumer Christians in some declining cul de sac church are not merely a joke, but also sinful.

Sad when Christians bicker over comments made by other Christians in an attempt to “right them” all the while missing the whole point of the comment – as well as the greater calling we all have as Christians.

This is less a slam on worldly Christians who went to seminary (which is a horrible thing in itself – Christian leaders who live lives that are no different from the world around them, and are consumed by their own obsessions), as it is a wake-up call to those worldly Christians to carry out the Great Commission.

Imagine…If we spent less time arguing amongst ourselves over minor points of contention, and more time “going and making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I [Jesus] have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20), what a different world we might live in.

Too often, too many get too comfortable in their own religiosity or worldliness that they either ignore or are ignorant of the greater purpose of their calling as Christians.

Jesus never said, “Keep my commands to yourself, hole up with other Christians, debate with your own brothers endlessly over minor discrepancies in belief, divide my church into multiple factions, and feel sorry for those who will never hear about my good news but don’t bother telling them. In fact, it would be better if you got so busy arguing with each other that you ignored those who are hurt and dieing around you.”

No, he said, “Go, preach, baptize, and tell everyone about the good news of forgiven sins and life eternal!” This is good news! People need to hear it! Better for you to post the gospel to your Facebook status than bicker over the rightness or wrongness of his comment. Better for you to make Jesus and his Commission your obsession rather than obsessing over impermanent and eternally insignificant things while effectively ignoring Jesus’ call to all Christians.

In fact, speaking of obsessions, here is a post from Mark Driscoll about “Conference Christians” that I can’t help but wonder if it’s related to his comment above: http://theresurgence.com/2011/05/16/the-crisis-of-conference-christians

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