Chandler Gets It Right
In an unprecedented act of the Christian faith for a mega church pastor, Chandler and his elders confessed of real sins against a parishioner and repented, then sought and received forgiveness for their actions.
By doing so, Chandler has now set a standard by which all other Christian leaders and churches, great and small, can be measured.
Because it (repentance) has finally been done sincerely, openly and biblically, it will be even more evident to all when a process is none of the above.
We should make much of this turn of events and we should be celebrating Chandlers actions as much as we would be criticizing them had this matter gone the way that most have in the past.
While some will still demand that Chandler change his theology and ecclesiology, that is unreasonable.
What our concern should be is that those who choose to hold any theology or ecclesiology may do so in churches that are safe from abusive leadership and practices and I believe those concerns have been addressed.
Make no mistake…this wouldn’t have happened without the input of social media.
Watchbloggers, if you will.
Amy Smith did an excellent job with her initial articles, soberly documenting the situation in detail.
The Wartburg Watch also contributed substance to the discussion.
Their reporting, and the consequent gathering of others spreading their work, made it impossible for the flaccid “mainstream” Christian media to ignore.
Still, it was up to Chandler and his elders to do the right thing.
Mark Driscoll didn’t.
Note which church still survives.