It is incredibly tough being the pastor/leader of a church. In our world of media/blogger/sound-bite driven information, words and thoughts are easily twisted. There are many careless words that get tossed around the Internet; especially in light of the instantaneous access to publishing that blogging gives. Many of us would do well to shut up and listen, to meditate and to think on things for a long time before we put them on our blogs and pontificate our opinion.
Mark Driscoll, while I know I have theological differences with him, is a man called of God to a very difficult situation. He was twenty-five when he began the church. He is still only thirty-five. And we are all in a constant state of growth. While I disagree with some of his theological views, I can understand the pain and the humility it takes to write something like this: It's Always Something at Mars Hill Church.
Despite all the naysayers and critics, as a leader you have to run with the vision you feel God has given you. As long as you are genuinely seeking the face of God, the leader has to "ignore" the criticism and complaints of many people. Being a leader is equivalent to placing a target on your back. With the proliferation of blogging, the darts become easier to throw.
Despite my theological differences with Mark, I plan to pray for him and his church. I also know that I should be more careful.