Rob Bell and anyone else who is baptized is my brother or my sister. We have different ways of looking at things, but we are all a part of the kingdom of God. And I don’t think that brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God should fight. I think that’s bad family manners.
- Eugene Peterson
Peterson goes on to say that he doesn’t agree with everything Rob Bell has to say, but thinks what he says is “worth saying”. For that reason he decided to give an endorsement of the book that appears on the inside flap of the hardcover.
This stance shouldn’t be noteworthy, but it is. It seems that Love Wins is pushing people to their own theological corner and in doing so the opportunities for dialog are diminished. More importantly though our opportunity to model unity to those who aren’t following Jesus is reduced.
When you have an issue with your brother or sister you don’t publicize the argument or use it for your own promotion, you talk to them privately or directly. Families aren’t reconciled through press releases or a blog post. Reconciliation occurs when someone humbles themselves to admit fault and give the other party an opportunity to talk.
What do we accomplish when we tear down others in our own family?