A Song Which Rob Bell Cannot Sing Along To
The lyric “I did not make it, oh it is making me” is completely opposite to what Rob Bell proposes in Velvet Elvis. Rob Bell would have to write “I made it, oh, I am making it…” According to Rob Bell, Christianity is, after all, more like like a painting of Elvis, which must be re-made by every generation. He makes it clear that he is not talking about powerpoints and music, but about doctrine, how we read the Bible, etc – the very core of the faith. He thinks that anybody can make the Bible say anything they want, and that doctrine are like springs in a trampoline which are not really “true” but only “useful” in that they help to inspire good/religious thoughts/actions in people. Thus, he feels that it is not doctrine which forms him, but he who forms doctrine.
What do you think – is this difference inconsequential or essential?