this is all too true...Rob Bell and the perils of Christian fandom
This short clip entitled “Rob Bell Comes Clean” made the rounds last week, and although I would wholeheartedly affirm everything Bell says in it, I found myself squirming a bit at the sound of the audience cheering as he spoke. As I mentioned in my review of Love Wins , I’m concerned that the controversy surrounding this book has reduced an important and complex theological conversation to two “sides,” as though it were some kind of football rivalry—complete with bumper stickers, t-shirts, pep rallies, and celebrities . This does such an injustice to the Bible, to Christian history, and to the millions upon millions of real people whose lives and futures we are discussing. There’s just too much at stake to try and force Christianity’s cacophony of voices into two competing tones, into a simple “my team” vs. “your team.” This phenomenon is not new, of course, and I am not i...