Tuesday, September 22, 2009
#57-Not Rob Bell
(No Rob Bell does not have devil horn's in real life)
Every evil movement needs a face to be memorable. The Nazi's had Hitler, the Soviet's had Stalin, the Mongolians had Ghengis Khan, The Disney Channel had Hannah Montana, The VMA's has Kanye West, post-modernism has ellen DeGeneres, evolution has dinosaurs, and evil hyenas who hide out in elephant graveyards have Scar from the Lion King. I hope you get the point...
Well in recent years there has been a devil lurking amongst our midst waiting for the opportunity to invade every aspect of our denomination...This devil is the emergent church. We don't really know what it is, nor have we read many of their books, but we know they exist, they are in our denomination, and for all we know they could be in our house....but as pointed out earlier in this blog:
For a movement to be memorable, it needs a face....and the face of the emergent church is ROB BELL! The man who claims to stand for Christ, but in reality probably stands for nothing at all. The author of Velvet Elvis and Sex God, Rob Bell is a force our denomination cannot ignore.
Here's the weird thing, we talk about him and his mysterious movement a lot, but yet we probably know little about him. I have one source who says that Rob is brought up in many conversations at his bible college but yet none of the people who discuss him at length have read a single book by him.
And then the worst is when we sit down and happen to watch one of his NOOMA videos, which are scarily good...Really good actually....like chances are that if you are a youth pastor and watch one and can afford the NOOMA videos you'll want to show them to your youth group good....
Oh I forgot to mention that Rob Bell literally rejected any notion of him being emergent in his last book, and seemed to despise such a connection...but that would kind of ruin the point of having a face to a movement. So we'll stick to him as the bad guy.
Christian Sufjan Song for Sufjan Week (see post #53):
"For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti" (the best of the best in my mind)-