A Short, Open Letter to Rachel Held Evans
In many ways you and I are kindred spirits. We may not always wind up in the same place, but I usually have a deep sense of resonance with your journey. When I read your blog I’m reminded of my own imperfect path. I count you as a fellow pilgrim. Thank you for being you. I’m appreciative of your thought-provoking insights, honest wrestling, strong convictions, transparent admissions, humble spirit, and attempted civility. Your blog is refreshing to my heart, mind, and spirit. Again, thank you.
That being said, I have a quick question regarding your recent request of forgiveness: Are you doing the difficult work of taking a step back in order to assess the larger intellectual frameworks and communicative methodologies that produced the need for that request? One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from our former president. Dubbya said, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee–I know it’s in Texas, it’s probably in Tennessee–that says fool me once, shame on… shame on you… you fool me you can’t get fooled again.” Forgive me if this misrepresents you, but I suspect we both get tired of popular christian figures offering these heartfelt, well-intended apologies and then doing the same dang thing the very next day–to the point that it doesn’t even seem like they’re struggling, ya know? I hope you’ll read this with the wink that’s intended: Please don’t be Mark Driscoll.
Grace & Peace,