I see Rob Bell is in the news again with a new book and a new position in favour of gay marriage. I typically delete anything out of my RSS feed that has anything to do with Rob Bell. Not because I hate him or like him, but because I don’t have an opinion and I don’t really care to.
The only product’s of Rob’s I’ve interacted with are some of his Nooma videos, which I really like. I started to read Love Wins but it didn’t capture my attention so I stopped reading it. I own a DVD presentation of his, but haven’t watched it all the way through – one day I hope too. We also own a copy of Sex God which people tell me is a great book.
My position on Rob Bell is that first and foremost Rob is my brother in Christ and a sinner made in the image of God. I don’t know if he has a huge ego as some suggest (proclaim!) or if he really is a humble sojourner on his way to God trying to figure things out. I don’t know and I don’t care. He is clearly someone that much of the church is unable to dialog with intelligently. Some try to understand him and some others agree with him.
My position is that I don’t care. You’re welcome to your opinion, if it’s actually based on something, but for me, I’ve got others to read and others to listen to whose opinions I know I care about. Rob Bell simply isn’t on my radar of interest. I’m not being dismissive, I may read/watch him again one day, but right now others have my attention.
So, if you like Rob Bell, great. If you don’t like him, who cares. Go find someone you do like and blog about that, because if you have really read what Rob writes (I mean, REALLY read it) and you already know you don’t like him – why are you wasting your time? I’m all for reading people you disagree with, it is one of my 2013 reading goals. But do it with charity and a desire to be challenged. Don’t do it to catch the other guy out and prove how smart you are.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in declaring error and heresy that is dangerous to the believer and for all I know Rob Bell may be spouting it, but there is a way to approach it and way not too.
Remember the words of our Lord, and the motto of this site “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35