Recently a new friend spoke with me about the virtues and popularity of a congregation and pastor out of Seattle, Washington. The pastor is Mark Driscoll and the church is called Mars Hill (not to be confused with the Mars Hill in Michigan pastored by Rob Bell). I tend to be a churchy dude myself, and I try very hard to be open to new ideas and dynamic speakers, so I thought I’d give this pastor a shot. I found the following video dedicated to Stay At Home Dads on Mark Driscoll’s website and I was sorely disappointed. What follows below is my critique of what I witnessed. Everyone is welcome to comment, but I ask that we keep it civil.
Watch the video for yourself before you read my critique of it in the comments section below. I’d like to hear your initial reactions and then see what you think of my criticisms.
For full disclosure, both my wife and I are gainfully employed and we have no children. That being said, this is not a majority stake marriage. We are best friends, and my experience with best friends is that you don’t tell each other what to do. My understanding of the trajectory of the biblical text is that egalitarian marriages are godly and even preferable to forms of patriarchy. Stated another way, my wife and I are in this together, 100/100, and if I could best “provide” for my family by raising my kids at home, then so be it.
Thanks for engaging,