I have listened to Rob Bell’s message for the first half hour so far. I suppose he was sharing about his experience as a leader when he would hear/receive all kinds of feedback and comments and rumours about himself from various people, and being human, he would understandably have had moments when he felt bothered by these accumulated comments (which he described as “paper cuts”), even though he knew he was bigger than that and could choose to brush off untrue comments about him. He shared that he didn’t like to be analysed by people (though having a high public profile, it is quite inevitable).
I agree with the wisdom he shared about having/drawing an appropriate boundary between oneself and those people who are toxic, for his own well-being’s sake. It is, after all, one thing to forgive and recognise that some people are living in a different paradigm from himself as we are all on different journeys, and another thing to allow himself to be hurt by untrue/toxic comments from other people, and so he needs to distance himself from these people. So that’s my understanding of his message so far.
I have finished listening to the rest of the video on Rob Bell’s message. I think it is a balanced and sensitive approach to the subject on forgiveness, as in acknowledging and embracing the pain and suffering involved in forgiving others, as a way to transform the feeling of death to resurrection life, and at the same time, to not allowing ourselves to be hurt further by the toxic and divisive behaviour of other people, who “know not what they were doing”.
- Liberating people from the “hell” dogma (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- To be spiritual is to be amazed (realrest.wordpress.com)