In the arena of hot topics in Christian circles since the first of the year, that book is getting a lot of press. It’s been common to hear, have you read the book yet? Or, what do you think about the Driscoll’s new book? Ironically, it’s as if it’s the first time such a book’s been offered in Christian circles — though it certainly is not. I remember similar discussions in the late ’70’s regarding a book with marriage revving suggestions totally for women. But this new book is so now, and it’s so cool to be so now. Pretty much everything else is so last century. Except Facebook.
Believe me, I have no doubt that much of what the Driscoll’s discuss in the book will be helpful. In days gone by, I’d probably have more to say than I will presently about the book — but I think I’d purposely avoid discussing online the most referenced chapter — the one that’s undoubtedly giving the book the most press. I wouldn’t avoid it for reasons that might first come to mind. I’m not afraid to tackle sensitive subjects — I mean, my previous blog entry deals with the most sensitive subject I know. But somehow it seems to me that to belabour the obvious would be just that. The continual references to Chapters 6 and 10, in particular, both online and in conversations confirm to me the curiosity and sometimes insatiable appetite for the salacious. However, as believers, propriety must take precedence over curiosity and indulging in questionable communication must be guarded. Much wisdom is needed for drawing the line. We’re exhorted in Scripture to be careful with our speech and behaviour — I’m referencing different verses in Ephesians 5. I think we often focus on and spend time contemplating the latter portion of that chapter and not as much time in the early verses of chapter 5 — we’d be wise to spend some more time here.
For now, I’d just like to link to Tim Challies and his discussion of the book and the talk it’s generating… he’s doing a fine job addressing the matter and the comments — additionally, I’m sure glad he’s including Doug Wilson’s wise counsel. Both thoughtfully address issues while retaining sensibilities and decorum.