Simply put, Yes.
See this whole “Rob Bell Love Wins” controversy is way bigger then a book, a tweet, or even a man. In fact, it goes all the way back to 2007 when Bell preached a sermon entitled Love Wins. The message was simple and yet provided a whole new way to look at the world. The message in all of this sermon was that Love Wins.The reason Love Wins is because Christ overcame the world.
Love won that day because Jesus had a choice in how he would respond to the evil that was done to Him. To all the mockers, to his friends leaving him, to the guards that beat Him, and even to the ones that put Him on the cross. We all can understand a response of fight, of revolt, of getting even, but in all of this He always responded with love. He never responded with hate, evil, or for that matter stooping to the level of those around him.
The message of hate is one that is old. It is a message of the way the universe use to be. That was until the death of Christ on the cross. The way we use to operate was that we sought out ways to pay others back, to get even, and even to bring pain. If someone hurt you with their words you figured out a way to one up them with a quick comeback that stung just a bit more. We are use to a world that is all about overcoming each other rather then the ways of the world. We are use to getting ahead, doing whatever it takes to get to the top. But Jesus says “I have overcome this world” and in that very act of love and overcoming, the world has changed.
We face this question everyday…How will we overcome? Do we respond with something evil or will we respond with good. This is all determined by how we view the way the universe works. If we see it in a way of evil vs evil then we will respond with revenge. If we see it in the way that Jesus has overcome the world then the response is good keeps winning and love wins.
What happens when we respond with love? Rob Bell says this:
The powers that appear to be winning lose and the person that appears to be losing wins.
The cross is God’s way of saying Love Wins.
I would highly suggest downloading Rob Bell Sermon “Love Wins”