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Rob Bell Comes Out

This talk is interesting.

“This Sunday Rob Bell spoke at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral and openly endorsed marriage equality. Grace Cathedral is the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California. Bell was speaking to the Cathedral’s Grace Forum in an appearance presented in partnership with his publisher, HarperCollins (audio here).

In response to a question regarding same-sex marriage, Bell said, “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs — I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”

To my knowledge, Bell’s interview marks the first time that he has openly supported marriage equality and perhaps the first time he has definitively separated himself from politically conservative evangelicalism.”

(From “Rob Bell comes out for marriage equality” by Greg Carey)

It is good Rob Bell is continuing to show his open acceptance of people who are not like him, such as gay people. I remember he recently showed his acceptance of them in a talk last year, as recorded in Wikipedia.

“At his Viper Room appearance in July 2012, Bell took a question from an audience member concerned about the church’s acceptance of gay members. Said Bell, “Some people are gay, and you’re our brothers and you’re our sisters, and we love you. We love you…[Gay people] are passionate disciples of Jesus just like I’m trying to be, so let’s all get together and try to do something about the truly big problems in our world.”

(From Wikipedia)

It is a reflection of his revelation of the heart of God who loves and accepts everyone unconditionally. Like what he said in his talk at Grace Cathedral, Jesus talks about fruit that people produce, and I believe it was referring to his sermon on the mount – every good tree bears good fruit, which would be love, joy, peace, and so on. It is ironic that the detractors call Rob Bell “false prophet” because he is actually bearing good fruit instead of bad fruit – I only see him promoting love, compassion and acceptance.

I also like what he said about the original meaning of “evangelical”, which was supposedly invented by the Roman empire to announce “good news” whenever they conquered a new land, and the early followers of Jesus in the first century changed the meaning of the word to bring the good news about”conquering the world” with sacrificial love instead of military might. So it is hoped that this meaning of “evangelical” be restored because it seems that much of the evangelical world is currently dominated by conservative evangelicals who tend to marginalise those who are not like them, and they also tend to make the loudest noise, such as demonising and criticising those who preach love and acceptance of gays and other marginalised groups of people. But as Rob Bell noted, it is a symptom of a dying subculture that worships a tribal god that is becoming irrelevant in today’s awakening world, and I believe it is only a matter of time that more people start talking about the God that is loving and accepting and at the same time, mysterious and ever present both in our faiths and our doubts – being here with us and for us in both our mountain tops and our valleys, meeting our deepest needs exactly right where we are.

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