Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's latest publicity stunt is a Facebook post that asked, "So, what story do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you've ever personally witnessed?" As often happens with Driscoll's publicity stunts, the post was pulled after causing a wave of controversy. (More details are here and here.)
What I'm wondering is this: Why such a random question out of nowhere? It's true that Driscoll is known for his macho act, but why "effeminate anatomically male worship leaders"? It seems like such an odd, arbitrary pot shot to take. The only possible answer I can think of is this: Mark Driscoll wants to be Jon Acuff.
Acuff, as many of you know, runs a humor blog called Stuff Christians Like, and one of his running jokes is about the "Metrosexual Worship Leader." See examples here, here, here, and here. But here's the thing: Acuff doesn't single out particular worship leaders and make fun of them, nor does he ask his audience to do so. He observes trends among the Christian community and, as a humorist does, he jokes about them. He does this with affection, and he makes sure to include a little balance and understanding.
Driscoll does none of these things in his handling of this particular subject -- even though, as a pastor, one would think it would be his job to speak and act with an extra degree of grace, maturity, and dignity. Ironically, it seems that the man who isn't a pastor is the one acting more pastoral here.