This background, of having read Love Wins and finding most of the accusations against him to be unfounded and uncalled for, has caused strong feelings to arise within me about the controversy surrounding his new book. In fact, I was tempted to write a blog post a week ago about judging your neighbor before calling in to account your own sins–tempted, that is, until I realized I was guilty of the same thing. All the while I thought I was maintaining a healthy, middle of the road "do not judge" attitude when, in actuality, I was judging those who judge Rob Bell because they were judging Rob Bell.
Satan is a slippery one alright. Just when you think you've overcome a certain sin is when you're failing blindly. And that's the thing. I can't judge anyone's heart except my own–and I know my heart is wicked. I must pray, and work towards, healing in my own life and I must be extremely careful before I try to pick apart the lives of others. And when reprimanding is in order, it must be done in humility–and that's where I feel the internet is actually harmful to the witness of the Christian world. It's easy to make accusations against someone when sitting in the safety of your own home behind the mask of supposed anonymity. But we never do anything anonymously–the Bible tells us this! God always knows. He knows what is done, how it is done, and the motive behind it.
It's funny to me how the world sees this easier than us, Christians. The world tells us that Christians are a hateful bunch–and I really don't believe they say this because we have a different set of moral standards. I believe they say this because, a lot of the time, it is true. Lord, help us. Now I'm not going to comment on Bell's recent statement about homosexuality. Do I believe homosexuals are going to hell because they are homosexuals? No. Do I believe that we should love them regardless of their sexual orientation? Yes.
I realize this may sound like a fragmented blog post–and I'm not writing to reprimand anyone except myself. If this helps you, to God be glory. I just felt as though I needed to write this–almost like a confession. I confess that, while pridefully feeling as though I had arisen above judging (by not judging Rob Bell) I actually fell into another one of Satan's traps–judging those who make defaming comments about Bell.
Lord, forgive me.
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