RE: Warren and Obama
|by Diane Singer|
Just to clarify, when I read that Rick Warren had asked Barak Obama to speak at Saddleback, I was not accusing Rick Warren of apostasy. Like millions of others, I have read and been through a church-wide study on The Purpose-Driven Life, and been edified by his insights, and I've never found anything theologically to take issue with. The only issue I had with the book is that it is "theology light" in the sense that it is aimed at educating immature Christians -- something that is badly needed in our Biblically challenged days, but something that must not be viewed as an end in itself. It's a good beginning for those whose knowledge of God's Word is lacking and whose spiritual journey is just beginning; but, to me, the real test of the book's "success" is the degree to which it encourages Christians to dig deeper spiritually.
Given my knowledge of PDL, the Obama invitation struck me as inconsistent with what I know about Warren. That's why I wondered what else might be behind the invitation. OK, I now know that this is a conference on AIDS that will include both secular and religious speakers. That, explanation, however, only makes me more curious: why is a Christian church hosting a "secular" anything? Why not call together other Christian groups that are addressing AIDS in Africa and believe that the Lord is powerful enough to deal with the issue without bringing in those with a merely secular point of view?
Yes, I know that is going to strike some of you as naive. I do mission work in Africa, so I'm well aware of the fact that any work we want to do there will have to go through Muslim governments and officials. That can't be helped. But what Warren is doing CAN be helped! We are called to minister in this fallen world; but we are also cautioned to maintain a certain degree of separation from sin and evil lest we compromise our faith ("What fellowship has light with darkness?" -- 2 Cor 6:14). Sorry, but Barak Obama's political stance on abortion and homosexual rights put him on the "dark" side. Thus, I can't shake the feeling that this is a really, really bad call on Warren's part.