I would love to think that this morning or some morning soon, there will be hundreds of Marshill-ites out side furiously scraping the “Love Wins” stickers of their cars…because just as he has often done with orthodoxy Rob Bell has snuck in and redefined its meaning.
As a native Grand Rapidian I see those stickers all the time, and I know that their owner is most likely white, solidly middle class and formerly from a traditional evangelical church (most likely some terrible, dead CRC or fundemenatlist Baptist church, which this town is full of). These people have always made up the dwindling core of MHBC and if you are from here you can understand why they would be looking for a young, exciting charismatic leader who told them that there was something beyond dead orthodoxy. And so in droves they left their dead congregations in search of a more living faith. However I suspect that most of them at the time had a problem with dead orthodoxy not orthodoxy in general.
So I wonder, if now, on the day after an all church meeting where Rob Bell visited town to explain the key themes in his new book if many of them feel slighted and upset and none too happy that they have a tiny billboard for aberrant theology stuck to the back of their Escalades.
I also wonder if the next MHBC sticker bomb will be “Hell: No!”