During the Valentine weekend, Rob Bell and his wife Kristen appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” program to discuss their book, The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage. About half way through the show, his wife reads an excerpt from the book: “Marriage, gay and straight, is a gift to the world because the world needs more not less love, fidelity, commitment, devotion and sacrifice”.
Oprah: “I thought it was great that you made a conscious choice to include gay marriage in the book…why?”
Rob: “One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness. Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It’s central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with.”
Oprah: “When is the church going to get that?”
Kristen: “I think it’s evolving”
Rob: “Lots of people are already there. We think it’s inevitable and we’re moments away from the church accepting it”
Oprah: “Moments away from the church accepting it?”
Rob: “Absolutely…I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone,”
Are the Scriptures no longer relevant to the topic of love and marriage? Has the “letters from 2,000 years ago” cease from speaking with the authority of God over human relationships? Is the Bible too old for this new world?