I wanted to do a follow up piece about my last blog post, Shock Jock Doug Wilson Penetrates The Gospel Coalition. I did modify the last post because Jared Wilson decided to take down his articles that brought such offense to many. I did kept the cache of these pieces so that the article still had its reference.
Jared Wilson posted an apology. Some Reflections, Just one Explanation, and an apology. Some aren’t truly satisfied completely with it, but it is a good start!
My first foolishness in posting the original excerpt was not to heed Douglas Wilson’s disclaimer in the beginning of his book. He characterizes it as a “blunt instrument” and describes the particular audience he is writing for. That should have been my first indication either not to post the piece at all or to have at least posted it with a sufficient prefatory warning or more parsing of context. Either way, the blame for the insensitive bluntness of the blog post is not his, but totally mine.What did the disclaimer say? He maybe referring to the beginning of Chapter one of Doug Wilson’s book called Fidelity.
This book was written for men and their sons. I suggest that wives read this only when their husbands give it to them, and no the other way around. The introduction mentioned the issue of 'straight talk' - and this means, in part, a rejection of euphemism. Some of what is said here may be offensive to some Christian women, but the point is certainly not to give offense. The point is to provide biblically specific and pointed help to Christian males.Euphemism - the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
From what I gather since this book was for men only, it seems that Doug Wilson feels they wouldn’t have been offended by how he words things. I know my brother and my father would not have appreciated it anyway, but maybe he feels some men can’t grasp his point without them. To be honest, I think it is just a disclaimer due to his style of communication more than anything.
I’m not going to link to Doug Wilson’s comments, but I did grab the cache of his article as well. The Politics of Outrage
Doug Wilson seems to have forgotten about his disclaimer, and about the fact in the past he knew it would be offensive. He instead decides those that found offense, are ‘Bed Wetters’. Nice huh?
The Bible certainly says to weep with those who weep. When one part of the body hurts, the rest of the body hurts. But this happens in community, face to face, and not in the midst of a sob sister rugby scrum, with them trying to get us to back away from any particular truth the Scriptures plainly teach. We are told to weep with those who weep. We are told nothing in regard to the feminist bedwetters. More on that later, so make sure you read that far.It’s sad that the man can’t connect the dots between his own disclaimer, and his response above. Did he forget? Who knows, but it certainly doesn’t seem like he could. He must have read Jared Wilson’s comments about it.
In Mark 5, when the hired mourners showed up to to wail at the death of a little girl, their overall demeanor revealed how much true mourning was actually in them.
"And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn" (Mk. 5:38-40).
Got that? They wept and wailed greatly, and then somebody hit the switch, and they were suddenly laughing at the Messiah, laughing Him to scorn. There is a kind of compassion that reaches out to the hurting and there is a kind of compassion that is about as as deep as a puddle on a flat sidewalk. There is the compassion that weeps with those who weep, and there is the compassion that laughs to scorn the ne who came to perform a great act of real compassion.
Say that somebody orchestrates a great "taking offense offensive," and that somebody else answers them with wit and fire. If a bassoon player in the orchestra of offense shows up in the comments section of their blog and expresses a sentiment along the lines of "way to miss the redemptive moment, bitch," one may begin to suspect that redemptive moments weren't actually their central interest. The lesson we can take away from Mark 5 is that people who ooze compassion one moment and erupt with unbridled scorn the next are on somebody's payroll.
This second kind of compassion makes a great deal of noise, sure enough, because these guys do know how to weep and wail greatly on behalf of their approved and designated victims. They do it well because it is the play they run over and over. This is the politics of outrage (alternating between hurt and anger), and we will never make any progress in halting the advance of their brave new world until we can recognize the tactic at a glance.
It seems he can have compassion towards the wives of his readers, but rest of the ladies? The compassion is about a deep as the puddle on the flat sidewalk.
Jared Wilson seemed to grasp HOW this could be offensive to some, because he forgot about the disclaimer.
Doug Wilson? You have wonder if he forgot about it, or if truly really doesn’t take his disclaimer seriously.
One Wilson took the time to figure what was really happening, and the other OLDER Wilson? Stirs his pot of angry and scorn.
Proverbs 28:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Sounds like the younger Wilson could teach the older Wilson some things. Somehow I doubt he would accept it.
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