I'll be honest: I'm tired of this repeated, irrelevant behaviour from Christianity. But,there's hope.
I have never met Rob and Kristin Bell. I have enjoyed some of his books and his videos. I find Rob's approach to Christianity refreshing He likes to question, challenge and make people think. Not only that, he strikes me that he has an optimistic view on live. I imagine Kristin is the same.
I imagine that it was this behaviour that led him and Kristin's interview to reflect these statements in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness. Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with."
Oprah Winfrey asked, "When is the Church going to get that?"
Rob Bell said: "Lots of people are already there. We think it's inevitable and we're moments away from the church accepting it.""I think culture is already there and the Church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbours, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone."
With that, the internet exploded.
Perhaps it was Kristin's pragmatism that had her state this.
"I think there are a lot of people who as they see culture moving, their response is to dig in deeper and hold their ground."
Was she ever right.
In one of many articles from the Christian newspaper world, Christianity was, quite frankly, disappointingly predictably, up in arms by the above comments from Rob and Kristin Bell. That the church is "moments" way from embracing the idea of same sex marriages.
Click here for one example.
Christians over the internet have proclaiming the end is near with this statement. They have proclaimed their place and reminded you who belongs and who does not in their church. And reminded you again that if you are one of "those", you will not be included in God's church. There may be some that accepts "them". But they are not really one of "us". They aren't the "Biblical" church.
Biblical. Interesting word.
Here are some of the "Biblical" tweets and Facebook comments I have read today. Read them, and take a moment to read some Biblical responses to them.
"Why don't Christians realize that Rob Bell walked away from Christianity a long time ago and thus it doesn't matter what he says to Oprah?"
Judge not, lest you be judged Jesus said
Former "Pastor" Rob Bell Goes Full Blown Apostasy – Says the Church Should Embrace What God Calls An Abomination.
"Love your neighbours" Jesus said
Rob Bell, village idiot, global false teacher.
"Love your enemies" Jesus said.
And as a reminder, who can forget when certain Christian leaders, subtly or blatantly, depending on your perspective, encouraged people to stop feeding children in third world because World Vision was willing to hire people in same sex marriage. One even bid them "farewell". They cancelled sponsorships in droves.
"Feed my sheep" Jesus said
"Truly, I tell you whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me" Jesus said.
You can attempt to translate and twist them however way you want. But the response from Jesus is straight forward.
Meanwhile, while you continue to scream "abomination" from your moral superior and privileged porch, it is noticed that you refuse to align with "them'. You refuse to bake cakes for "them". You ignore homeless, bullied and even suicidal kids that you refuse and reject from your church.
It is noticed that you think that you are better than "them"
Your catcalls, insults,and condescending behaviour is becoming irrelevant. Your us vs them approach is irrelevant
What is relevant is what has been relevant all along. People. People of all shapes and perspectives working together to strengthen our village. Our community. Realizing we don't have all the answers, but questions on how everything works in this world. Instead of us vs them, it's simply us.
Working together to fix the oldest ache in humanity's bones. Loneliness.