Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rob Bell and Marriage

If you haven't heard about Rob Bell coming out in support of gay marriage, you probably don't have any Christian friends or look at any Christian websites.  A couple of weeks ago he came out in typical Bell fashion, talking a lot but saying very little.  Then, to clarify his position, and the reason why he thinks Christians should support gay marriage, Bell produced this video.  Feel free to check it out for yourself.

This isn't the first time he has come out on issues which stray far from orthodoxy.  His book "Love Wins" explores the doctrine of hell.  This is admittedly a difficult subject, and perhaps it would do us all well to examine what we think about it.  Bells views, however, are far from anything Scriptural.  I read the book, and wrote a review of it, if you would care to read it.

My concern with Bell in both of these, and with many Christians, is they are constantly trying to figure out what "works" in the world today.  The concern isn't truth, or what Scripture says.  He declares that God "makes some" people gay.

Now understand that I'm not talking about legalizing gay marriage in America.  That isn't what Bell is talking about either.  He is addressing what Christians are supposed to believe is righteous and holy.  Unfortunately, what he believes is right is far removed from Scripture.

I don't say these things simply to attack this, though this is certainly an issue in the forefront of people's minds today.  My concern, as ever, is our approach to what is right, and how we deal with the Bible.  Scripture, and the truth within it, do not conform to the standards of the world.  Instead, we are supposed to speak boldly the truth, no matter how much people don't care for the truths we present.

D. L. Moody said this: “The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it.”

Our goal should be to always seek truth, and if perhaps we need to reexamine issues, I don't have a problem with that.  I believe that reexamining what we believe is healthy and necessary.  The question is, how will we examine truth?  And if we discover that Scripture is clear, what choice will we make?  Will we ignore truth, or will we stand for what is right?

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