I am sure if you are on Facebook, Twitter or bloggy land you have come across this....
I watched this from Rob Bell on my FB page, and my heart jumped!
I adore Rob Bell...
I have gained such an incredible insight to the scriptures through his thoughts and research and encouragement. He is one of my most favorite teachers....pastors.
As a matter of fact I have passed his books on to many friends, and recommended his podcast as well.
What I didn't expect, but should not be surprised by is this article from Justin Taylor... and the slew of additional blog posts and Rob Bell bashing that is taking place every were I look on the blogosphere.
I have to say that I am so appalled at the mud slinging about a video, and 2 line blurb on a book that hasn't even been released yet.
Don't they call those little video teasers, uh TEASERS for a reason??
The verbal abuse from folks, and other teachers like John Piper...with words like heretic, false teacher, wolf are outrageous!
Another article I came across was this one from Jason Boyett...
God Bless you, Jason!
I loved this quote from the article... and boy oh boy, isn't it the sad, but honest truth!
"There is no meaner, more hateful person on Earth than a Christian who suspects you have gotten your theology wrong. Labeling that mean-ness as "being faithful" to the Gospel doesn't make it less hateful."
~ Jason Boyett
My jaw is dropped. I am in utter disbelief....maybe it's because I have never had any issue with his heart or teachings, that I stand aghast at such outrageous accusations!
But how easy it is to step up on our little boxes, and start to point the finger at a man that is asking the hard questions... and God forbid it be on the topic of hell.
I, myself, wish the book was out yesterday! I can't wait to read what Rob has to say on the topic.
I have said it to many people, and I will say it here... Rob Bell knows his stuff.
The guy studies deep! Deeper then any pastor/teacher that I have ever heard before.
And I will continue to recommend his books, videos and podcasts. There is so much we cannot understand about the scriptures because we live in a totally different time and culture then the ancient Hebrew Jewish culture.
I mean, it would be like me trying to apply a book that was written by an African tribe 1500 yrs ago, and try and understand it and apply it to my 2011 American life.
It's truly ludicrous!
But if I can study the culture of that tribe in that day, and try to understand why this person would address a certain topic in a cultural manner of their day.... I can take that principle and apply it to my life, OR not.
Rob Bell does this.
I am reminded today to love even more.
Even to love these people who are acting so badly and so un-lovingly.
Jesus says, "They will know you are mine by your love for each other."
That is a legacy I want to leave.
That is the legacy that Rob Bell preaches.
To be a people that are light and life givers in our generation.
To feed the poor and the needy.
To be the salt that we are in our communities.
I am choosing THAT today.
And yes indeed, Love Does Win!