Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


Song of Solomon "Conversation"
I have been following the conversation between, for lack of better names, the MacArthur and Driscoll camps on the issuse of Driscoll and others handling of the Song of Solomon. While I do fall in the MacArthur camp on this issue and think that at the very least Driscoll has taken some creative license with the text (and at worst used it with little regard for its actual intent for his own purposes), I find another concern in this whole debate to be equally concerning.

It seems to me that most of the pro-Driscoll arguments are exactly that: pro-Driscoll. The rhetoric attempting to exonerate Driscoll's handling of the Song of Solomon text seems to mostly consist of the following few arguments:

1. Opponents of Driscoll are prudes.
2. This type of explicit teaching is necessary in the name of contextualization for this generation.
3. Opponents of Driscoll just don't like Driscoll.

What concerns me is there seems to be very little, if any, awareness from the pro-Driscoll camp of the following:

1. Some of the conversation seems to echo very closely the remarks Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 3 when he chastises the church there for their tendency to cling to and identify with God's servants instead of Christ Himself. There seems to be much more defending of Mark Driscoll than there is defense of his interpretation of the text he preaches from. The issue isn't so much Driscoll as a person as it is his interpretation and portrayal of the text.

2. Was Song of Solomon written to teach explicit matters of sex.....because if it wasn't then we can't use it that way now regardless of what we think will draw and keep people in the seats of our churches.

3. The appearance of a serious lack of humility. Proverbs 13:1 and Psalms 141:5 (and I am sure there are others) teach us that to receive a rebuke is of great benefit. To take offense at rebuke is the mark of folly, especially without any attempt at self examination in front of the Word to determine if the rebuke is applicable to our behavior. Yet what I have seen is great offense being taken by anyone defending Driscoll at the idea that he may be wrong in this instance.

I am aware that not all Driscoll apologist fall into these pitfalls and that some or many MacArthur fans do. Regardless of who you agree with on this issue or where you yourself stand, do me and all of us a favor: Be humble, make Christ more important than any teacher or preacher, and make sure that what is being taught is true to the text and the intent of its author. Only by doing these things can we be sure that we are being faithful to the call Christ has given us to preach the word in season and out so that men and women may be transformed by its power.

I know I will be examining myself to make sure I am doing the same.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.


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