Mars Hill Church of Seattle, WA was on Nightline. Does the pastor go too far and talk too much about sex? I think he might. Yes, it's true that those who are married should enjoy sex, but talking so freely about sex in a public forum is not only lewd, but impolite and indelicate. I might be too old fashioned for my own good. I would rather people excuse themselves to go to the bathroom than say they have to take a leak or a crap... click to Read More...
And what exactly will the church do when a brother or sister from the church starts talking about sex too freely on a date and makes his date uncomfortable? Then she'll have to face him in youth group or the young adult group and explain to everyone how he creeped her out. Or the reverse with a girl telling too much to a guy. And what about the temptation that it raises in a hypersexualized environment like we have today in the media and now at church.
I just left an Episcopal Church where more than once I blushed hotly while those around me discussed things that they had done that weekend. They were mostly in general terms, but I still didn't want to hear about it. Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church doesn't just talk about sex in general terms, they show video snippets of him talking specifically about positions and other graphic details. Sure, I'm not completely innocent, but I really don't want to talk about it or listen to others talk about it all so graphically. I would want to talk about it with my husband because he will be my lover. Other than that, I'll pass. Not everyone understands that nowadays as I encountered previously when I wrote Let's Talk About Sex--Or Not. I don't want church sermons to make me feel like I'm watching the Man Show or Jimmy Kimmel Live where I laugh at the naughty parts and feel guilty because it's patently offensive at times. But even the naughty parts of those shows aren't graphic.
I've felt like I was in a nightclub while at church and I didn't like it. As much as this church is growing, I want my church experience to be holy, uplifting, sacred and set apart. And there are many of us who are returning to liturgical churches because we desire that, too.
Check it out yourself:
Nightline Faith Matters
Article about Pastor Dude
I don't know where the video is, but here's hoping that the church will post it.