What the Hell, Rob Bell?!

There has been so much tomfoolery surrounding Pastor and Author Rob Bell's latest book, "Love Wins". There are Christ followers who seem ready to burn him at the stake as the Church of old did to its great thinkers of the day because of their alleged heresy. There are then others who, like a large number of the former, without reading the book think he is brilliant and spot on. Then there are some--I fall into this category--who are challenged and uneasy by the writing all at the same time. After reading the book I can say without equivocation, Rob Bell is no heretic.

Since when is it heresy to ask questions? Why, within the Evangelical clique, do we automatically exclude folks who don't agree with the Pipers, Moehlers and Driscolls (sorry my Arminian friends, I'm quasi Reformed couldn't think up any of your holy untouchables). When did reading become dane-derous (as my Godson would say)?

We have spent so much time parsing Bell's words and very little considering what is at the heart of his book: Love. It wins!

"Love is why I have written this book...May you experience this vast, expansive, infinite, indestructible love that has been your all along. May you discover that this love is as wide as the sky and as small as the cracks in your heart that no one knows about. And may you know, deep in your bones, that love wins."

Does Rob Bell believe in hell; yes. Are some or Rob's writings controversial; yes. Is Rob a lover and follower of Jesus; yes. Do I agree with all that is written on the 198 pages of this book; no. But what does that matter; I agree with more than I disagree.

May we each live to display the incredible love of God here, right now, today! May our motivation in sharing Christ be love and not fear of hell.

What the hell, Rob Bell; how dare you cause us to think and reintroduce us to arguments that have been waged since antiquity.
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Veeno said...

A to the Men!

Ray McKinnon said...

Thanks, Kirst! I hope that you guys are well!

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