I am not a prude and I generally know how to read the Song of Solomon, but Mark takes it to a very ugly level. This is the sermon which was delivered to a congregation in Scotland and is similar to one which he is known for here in the States.
If you would please, turn with me to the Song of Solomon. One of the great books of the Bible. Some have allegorized this book, and in so doing, they have destroyed it. They have destroyed it. They will say that it is an allegory between Jesus and his bride the church. Which if true, is weird. Because Jesus is having sex with me and puts his hand up my shirt. And that feels weird. I love Jesus, but not in that way.
Okay, so they have indeed put too much allegory in the interpretation, but I would still counter that Driscoll doesn’t get the book right himself, but like others have done, sees only the parts he wants to see. I think that the Song is a book meant to re-engineer society to allow women a greater role and not to make them sexually subservient to their husbands as a way of “winning them to Christ.” I could not imagine that conversation in the New Creation….
Due to the backlash which Driscoll received over his comments, he has said that the Elders of his church set him down and instructed him to stick to the issues better. Both Rachel Held Evans and Dr. Robert Cargill has responded. Dr. Cargill is correct – it is not an apology. (And contrary to Anthony Bradley, what happened the other day was not slander either.) I suspect that Driscoll will not actually apologize as to do so, especially since the movement was ignited by a woman, would be to make him appear weak. Further, his exposition of David is sorely lacking or perhaps we should carry forth David’s masculine behavior to where we marry our half-sister, have our warrior killed because we knocked up his wife because we slept in after staying home from war. Or maybe Solomon’s masculine behavior in having 1000 women at our beck and call. Well, you get the picture. But, in looking at Driscoll’s exposition of the Song of Solomon, it is no doubt that he misses the other parts of Scripture – the ‘all Scripture is…profitable for correction’ bit.
And for the men who read Driscoll’s sermon and believe that it’s okay to tell your wife that, using Scripture to make them sexually submissive, then don’t read this blog anymore.
- Mark Driscoll’s Jesus? (gentlewisdom.org.uk)
- On George Whitefield’s Effeminacy @pastormark #manlymen (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- Driscoll and the Bible (reachingyouth.wordpress.com)
- Driscoll Being a Bully (achorusofehoes.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts on Driscoll (unreasonablefaith.com)