Open letter to Jim Henderson

Dear Jim,

I have never met you. We have never talked on the phone. We have never had a cup of coffee together. We do not exchange Christmas cards, and we don’t even bump into eachother at Church. If we ever stood in line together at Wal-Mart I didn’t realize it. Every aspect of our relationship has revolved around meeting on social media, and to even call that a relationship would be a stretch.

So believe me when I say, I appreciate that there must be much more to you then what I see on Facebook, and your contribution to our communities must far exceed the small glimpses I get to see through this limited medium.

That said, the narrow slice of what I have experienced of you is quite troubling. Nearly every single word you have spoken has been of a single issue, and I think we all know what that is. After looking back through your feed, 21 posts have been made about Mark Driscoll. Just this months. That is roughly one per day.

I am not defending Driscoll, although I do appreciate many of the things he has done. He has certainly been far from perfect, and I have been very disappointed in him lately. I am sure we can agree where Marc Driscoll has made some huge mistakes, however our reactions to his mistakes tell so much more about US than they ever will about him.

Over the last months you have speculated and even hoped a sexual affair would arise, you have speculated about child abuse, drug use, sexual misconduct and a variety of other sins saying “it sounds like him.” You have posted embarrassing photoshopped images of Mark, and even have stated you were happy when you uncovered more of Marks failures. Don’t deny it.

This has deeply troubled me. I read most of your posts eagerly looking for any shred of evidence that you would like to see Mark Driscoll redeemed. You have given no such indication.

I believe you are very wrong in your attitudes towards Mark. While I do not expect anyone to excuse Marks wrongdoings, I do expect them to respond in a respectful, Biblical manner. The governing scriptures are as follows:

2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the

tradition which you received from us.

If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Luke 17:2-4 If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.

Galations 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Romans 14:1-23 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

I hope you see the theme here. Moving on from here, I am going to ask a couple of questions, and I would like an honest answer.

  1. Would you rather see Mark Driscoll redeemed or humiliated?
  2. Is God still capable of using a man like Mark Driscoll for his kingdom?
  3. Have your actions been consistent with the scripture above?
  4. Have you ever actually prayed for Mark Driscoll?

I’m certainly not perfect, and I try not to demand things of others that I myself am not capable of or willing to do. I do however, that God has a plan for everyone, and we should all be working towards repentance and holiness, and keep pursuing Christ.

I sincerely hope that others do not give you the same treatment you give Mark when he stumbled.

I for one really hope that Mark steps down from ministry for a while and heals old wounds, and seeks forgiveness. And I certainly hope that those he has wrong offer forgiveness in return. And I most certainly hope that God is not done with this man, and his gifts.

Sincerely,

Alex