Most of us have become aware of Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins. The controversy over his teachings is suddenly blowing up in the Christian media. Honestly, I find the way some Christians are behaving over it, very disheartening. Just a few years ago, his Nooma videos were being shown all over the place, including the baptist church we attended.
Rob Bell is a very effective inspirational speaker. I wonder how many lives have been impacted for Christ because of this man. The way he explains God’s love is tangible.
Do I think he has been led astray? I honestly don’t know and here’s why. I have NOT read his book. Until I do, I am going to withhold judgment. I have seen some pastors whom I trust and respect say he is a false teacher. I still want to read his book before I agree because I believe that’s what we should all be doing.
Here’s what I’ve been witnessing and truly find disturbing. The nasty and mean comments by other Christians about Rob Bell. How can you attack someone that you just enjoyed a few years ago? How can you pass such judgments without having so much as touched his book?
The thing that is bothering me the most is how some Christians find it okay to make fun, say cruel things, and just be outright mean. What kind of witness is that to fellow believers and non-believers? We just confirm what a lot of non-believers think and feel by acting like a cruel hypocrite.
If Rob Bell is a false teacher and has taken a misstep in his walk with Christ, wouldn’t it be more effective and loving to pray for him? The power of prayer is much more powerful than words that tear down an individual.
Are we any better than the offender when we attack someone because they don’t agree with us? Where is the love we are supposed to show our enemy? The bible tells us that we are to love above all else because love covers a multitude of sin.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Now before anyone goes off on me, hear me out. Yes, I think false teachings should be brought to the forefront and addressed. However, the way that is handled tells a lot about our character and where we are in our walk with Christ. Let’s refrain from going for Rob’s jugular and state the facts, biblically. Leave the personal stuff at the door.
The world is watching. Non-believers are watching. Which will we show? Christ’s love or the sinful flesh that longs to be right? How often do we take to heart someone’s words when they are being ugly? Even if those words have truth, they tend to get tuned out.
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44
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