3.20.13 … the ship has sailed …

Evangelist Rob Bell,  marriage equality, Religion Dispatches:  I hate the justification “the ship has sailed”  because it implies that the person has only changed their position because of a lack of thought.  I implies political expediency.  I want more to support my position and am working hard to find that more.

“I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.”

No, that’s not a quote from Hillary Clinton. It’s Rob Bell, young evangelical superstar and, until recently, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, a West Michigan megachurch he founded in 1999. Speaking yesterday at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, he officially came out in support of marriage equality.

“I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs—I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are,” Bell continued.

Rob Bell is, of course, a different kind of pastor than Bakker and in a much different situation. Propelled by the success of megachurch fame and a slew of New York Times bestsellers, and no longer tied to a congregation, Bell is granted far more freedom. And maybe that’s just the forgiving faith he’s been looking for.

“The more people who speak out in the church, the safer we make it,” Bakker told me this morning, expressing happiness that he has a “fellow ally” in Bell. “Love really does win.”

via Evangelical Star Rob Bell Comes Out For Marriage Equality | Religion Dispatches.

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