“God’s promises to us are more powerful and effectual for the mortifying of sin than our promises to God.” Matthew Henry
I know Rick has enough to do at Saddleback, but it’s like he has evaporated when it comes to the evangelical press. It might be that like the new evangelicals passed by James Dobson, so the newer movements are passing by Warren. His attempts at irenic and consensus Christianity are not getting much traction as evangelicalism is seeking its new level after the embrace of Barack Obama in the last presidential election.
Obama has been so ineffective and so racial that the attempts of white suburban evangelicalism to build a tent large enough to make Obama an option have in large part failed. Tea Party enthusiasts, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and company have too large a place in the heart of evangelicalism for many to be able to hear Warren’s message. He comes across as not ready for prime time.
I like Warren a lot and his 40 Days of Purpose is a great review of the high points of Christian development and growth. I share with him a big tent model and a love of evangelism. But I don’t think he has the passion or desire to help evangelicals face the political arena. And ultimately Christianity is always political in a way that Hinduism and Buddhism are not. It takes creation order seriously and its trajectory is certainly towards justice and societal transformation. It cannot ignore forces that lead to darkness and barbarism. Evangelism and the good works of literacy, health care, etc., are not the only ways to express our faith. In the USA the political arena is open game, too. And here Warren doesn’t seem to “have game.”
That’s okay with me, but we are immersed in exactly that. And we are searching for leaders who can help us do what democracy is all about – vote for and build toward a society with definite and concrete ideas of the Good, the True and the Beautiful and not always end up sweeping up from consequences. The collectivism and class warfare of the Obama administration requires more of the church than just ministries of compassion. I don’t think some of our megachurch pastors are up to this.
You can tell that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott
Here is the article that describes a visit by public school to a mosque where they didn’t just observe – as part of the class they participated in the prayers to Allah. If this teacher had taken them to a church, he/she would have been fired. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7-I9Qp3d4Y for more relevant information.
I have no problem with students visiting places of worship. Participation is something else altogether. You would think educators would be able to get this distinction. But distinctions don’t matter much when there are agendas.
This all reminds be of GK Chesterton’s comment that in the field of comparatively religions Christianity and Buddhism are comparatively alike, especially Buddhism. No doubt, Christianity does not have great friends in our government schools.