Rob Bell and his wife, Kristen, talked about marriage during a Valentine’s weekend episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” television show.
The former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor made it clear that his advice applies also to gay marriage.
Here’s an excerpt from the show that aired Sunday, Feb. 15.
“One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness,” Rob Bell said. “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.”
That statement prompted a question from Oprah: “When is the church going to get that?”
“We’re moments away,” Rob Bell said. “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.”
Said Kristen Bell: “There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle.”
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