Reading this post about Rob Bell made me feel sad.
It’s obvious that the evangelical camp is tightening its borders and protecting them well.
Then I read the comments and realized that, according to many, I’m not on the right side of that fence.
Rob Bell certainly is not. Not even Jesus would be.
Bell gets attacked by evangelicals because he’s a traitor and a heretic. He gets attacked by other conservative believers because he’s a false-teacher and enemy of the church. He gets attacked by the more liberal because he’s a sell-out and after the money.
Some people will say to me, “You critique people but you don’t Rob Bell!” Here’s why: it is good to critique people who obviously hurt others with their words and their actions. It’s not necessary to attack someone who is helping others.
Do I agree with everything Bell says? Do I like his writing? Do I read or watch his material? Doesn’t matter! He’s not hurting anybody. I know many people who have genuinely been helped by him. He’s been a key factor in their journey to spiritual independence. That’s a good thing.