Another Rob Bell post – cue the hate mail (repost)

Whether you think Rob Bell is the greatest Christian visionary since C. S. Lewis, think he is a dangerous heretic leading countless followers astray, have an opinion of him that falls somewhere decidedly between the two, or even if you’ve never heard of Rob Bell and think Nooma sounds like a chocolatey delicious carbonated beverage, please view the following parody in the spirit in which it is intended (from me, anyway). I have seen only a few Nooma videos, but one in particular I found quite moving and thought provoking. (This is not that video.) I make the previous statements in an attempt to convey that I am not anti-Rob Bell. It’s just that I find some of his mannerisms and the cadence of his speech sometimes amusing, and to point out that parody is considered by many to be a high form of praise.

While I posted this video primarily because I think it’s funny, previous comments to me about Rob Bell and other highly visible Christians also lead me to this observation: It seems to me that society in general and some Christians in particular have become increasingly polarized and intolerant of opposing viewpoints. There are those in the hard core evangelical camp that would suggest that Rob Bell and other proponents of spreading the gospel through social justice are presenting an incomplete view of the gospel at best, and at worst are spreading heresy and leading unsuspecting followers to eternal damnation. At the other end of the spectrum, some in the emergent church movement might say that evangelical Christians ignore the plight of the marginalized in society and feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to allow a man to be physically hungry as long as his soul is fed. To this point, I would offer the opinion that to some extent, both sides are right, and both sides are wrong. For a more in-depth, intellectual and insightful take on this subject, I would highly recommend The God Who Smokes: Scandalous Meditations on Faith, by Timothy J. Stoner, and The Reason for God by Timothy Keller, both of whom are WAY smarter and biblically astute on their worst day than I am on my best.

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3 Responses to “Another Rob Bell post – cue the hate mail (repost)”

  1. michelle DeRusha October 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Ok, I love Rob Bell and I think this is wicked funny. The hand gestures/palm rubbing is particularly good.

    Loved the Keller book, too, btw — might take 2 or 3 repeat readings to absorb everthing in there…and then I probably wouldn’t get the half of it. Good stuff. Deep stuff.

  2. Jason October 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    That’s really funny and a dead-on parody.

  3. Tony Alicea October 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    This was awesome!

    As far as the polarization of some Christian leaders, my mentality remains that I try to be open to learn from anyone. Eat the meat and spit out the bones. You have to understand other perspectives before you solidify your own position. If you can only learn from people you agree with, you end up running in place.

    Maybe I’ll blog about it. Or maybe I’ll just lather myself in oil.

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