“Pastor” Mark Driscoll recently posted an update on his blog that was a reflection on Ecclesiastes 11:7 – 12:8. Now, I recently posted about his upcoming preaching engagement at Perry Noble’s the Most Excellent Way to Lead conference. I think it should be clear from my last post that I think this is a bad idea.
I read through Mark’s entire reflection, and a chunk in the middle caught my attention more than the rest. Take a look
Here is some golden advice, ‘Do everything you want to do,’ Solomon says. The will of God is a curious thing. Sometimes, God’s will is crystal clear, because he gives us a particular word of clarity, such as when he told Abraham to move his family, or when he told Paul to go to a particular place to minister. On other occasions, God’s will is less clear, and we are left to follow the options set before us with wisdom but lacking a clear word from God. Also in other occasions, we are relatively unsure what God’s will is for our life. Do we get degree A or B, take job A or B, marry person A or B, or buy house A or B? When we do not have a clear word from God, I believe we are free to make a request to God and use wisdom to go do it.
God is our Father. And, as a dad I can assure you that there is a very short list of things that my kids can ask me that I will say no to. Those things tend to be foolish, dangerous, or sinful. Honestly, my kids don’t usually ask to do those kinds of things. There is also a very very very long list of things that my kids could ask me to do at any time, and I would say yes to anything on the list. In this way, my kids see me as a green light dad and not a red light dad. The light is always green, and only occasionally turns red. If you grew up in a heavy handed, rule based, or legalistic religious home then you grew up in a red light home. In a red light home, the kids sneak around and sin trying not to get caught. In a green light home the kids feel free to bring their request to their mom or dad to see if it’s a good idea.
I believe God is a green light dad who prefers to say yes and wants us to ask for what we want for him. Sometimes people who are used to red light living are paralyzed, unsure what to do in a life decision until God tells them what to do. They don’t feel free to make their requests known to God. God is not a vending machine that you can make demands to, but he also isn’t an overbearing Father that says no and makes rules constantly. His rules and answers are always for our good and his glory.
Now, I’m not going to say that this is a sure thing. But that sure sounds like someone who is getting read to announce that he has a project that has been given the green light. I’m going to guess that we’ll be hearing about his new ministry project soon, and I’m going to guess that it will be at this conference. I don’t think I need to provide a lot of commentary on the idea of that. I’ll just leave you with the inspired word of God.
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. – Titus 1:5-9