Last night I posted an article on AP.net regarding Mars Hill, their extremely vocal pastor, and how his actions and words mean I won’t be buying anymore Mars Hill records.1 We’ve had a lot of discussion on the website over the past few weeks about when someone’s personal life can or does impact your enjoyment of the art they create.2 Knowing that if I give my money to this “church” I’ll be tacitly supporting this kind of thinking and the propagation of their insanity — is something I just can’t do in good conscience.
I often turn to the famous quote from Edmund Burk:
In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing.
After reading the direct quotes, watching the videos, and seeing what this man is preaching — it honestly makes me re-think my impression of those that support it. This is on a whole new level and it honestly scares me to see the influence Driscoll has over the community and those he’s surrounded himself with.
1 Disclosure: I’ve only bought one, Dustin Kensrue’s latest, and to be fair it was painfully mediocre.
2 The Ian Watkin’s case is the extreme example, which seems almost black and white in comparison to these more nuanced ones. I find myself reevaluating each individual “case” to see where I land based upon my own moral compass.