To Old Covenant Israel, God wrote, “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land…. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:1, 6). A lack of knowledge was destroying the people of God’s physical nation, Israel; and because they neglected to teach the people, God rejected Israel’s leaders. Could something similar be happening among God’s spiritual people today?
Seeing the Problem, Missing the Answer–The Political Takeover of “Evangelical”
Rob Bell is a popular Christian writer and, for want of a better word, performer. In an interview that appeared on boston.com, he was asked, “What does it mean to you to be an evangelical?” Here is his answer: