Last night, I was hanging out with my son. One of the things he was sharing with me was how some Christ-followers that he knows have now "banned" everyone from having any books or recorded sermons of Rick Warren's. Apparently, Rick's interview on Larry King recently regarding gay marriage was not "wishy washy" (my son told me those were the words that this one pastor used). This one church took all of Rick's books out of the church library as a result…now, I'm not a "fan" of the Saddleback cults of personality and mega-church. I not a mega-church lemming.
EVEN SO, I still have respect, admiration and "love" for what God has done in that ministry…many of you know, we lived in the shadow of Saddleback for years. Even when I was the pastor at Good Shepherd in Irvine, we attended Saddleback on Saturdays occassionally (when they were in the tent – early days of the movement). So, though I have issues with Rick (e.g. he once told his congregation to boycott Disneyland, something that the rest of his denomination was doing…oh yes, Saddleback is a Southern Baptist Convention congregation), I not going to throw a brother under the bus. I thought to myself as my son was sharing (by the way, he was NOT in support of what was happening, in case you wondered), "just another GREAT example of Christian love, huh?" It appears that many people are still purpose driven, that is, purposely driven to not build the body but tear it down…I don't know whether to laugh or cry!
By the way, thanks AGAIN to "The Naked Pastor" for the great cartoon!