According to the Christian Post, while at The Forum of the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Rob Bell gave his support for same-sex marriage.
“Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think that the church needs to just … this is the world that we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.”
This is unfortunate but not surprising, given the theological trajectory of Mr. Rob Bell. Rob Bell’s only rationale for his support for same-sex marriage comes not from the Bible, but yes, from Rob Bell himself. And he even appeals to Jesus’ message of love for support.
“The powerful revolutionary thing about Jesus’ message is he says ‘what do you with the people who aren’t like you? What do you do with the other? What do you do with the person who is hardest to love…?’ “That’s the measure of a good religion. You can love the people who are like you, that’s kind of easy. What Jesus does is take the question and talks about fruit, he’s interested in what you actually produce and that’s a different discussion.” Read more here
But I think Mr. Bell is confused about what is at the heart of Jesus’ message of love. Yes, Jesus met people where they were, but his love for them compelled him to lead them to repentance and wholeness.
Nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus affirm same-sex unions.
To hell with the message of Rob Bell. The church does not need to listen to the likes of Rob Bell and what he thinks Jesus means by what he says.