This is just weird.
I was reading that (HT: BHT) and thinking, This is weird. I wonder if a whole mess of it just has to do with the blogger not liking Driscoll in general. Because I read the excerpt from Driscoll and think, Yeah. What's so controversial about that?
The whole time I'm perusing the calling out of the man for idolatry of the family, I'm also thinking something everyone even in the comments seems to miss: The Church isn't Jesus.
One of the commenters cites this Scripture: "“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."
Yep. I'd add that anyone who loves the church more than Jesus is not worthy of Jesus.
As far as I understand what Driscoll is saying, and I've heard him preach on this very subject numerous times, what he's saying is that family is more important than his job.
By accusing Driscoll of idolatry based on the excerpt provided, these critics are making the mistake of equating Jesus with his Church. And in doing so, they are indicting themselves. They are being idolatrous. Of the Church.
Loving Jesus means loving His Bride, no question. But loving the Bride more than the Groom is sinful.
This site and many like it talk about the ins and outs and nuts and bolts of the big-C Church and the little-c churches a lot. But it is Jesus we're supposed to worship, Jesus we're supposed to follow. The Church is indeed His design for the spread of the gospel, but if you love the blueprint more than the architect, you will mess a whole lot of things up.
Quite possibly your family.