Friday, December 19
Good on ya, Rick Warren!
The web this week has been full of remarks, most of them less than complimentary, about Pastor Rick Warren's invitation to the upcoming inaugurals. Most of the noise is coming from people who have axes to grind with his runaway Purpose Driven Life. What impresses me is that Warren is up front saying, "Barack, you're wrong about this," while the Evangelical pastors sought out by Obama's Liberal predecessor came away from the encounter, from all I heard or read, like a school girl in the first flush of teen infatuation.
Some folks say there's not enough of the Gospel that gets across Warren's pulpit, or even into his books. That may well be. I have not been to Saddleback, and have only read one of his books, but what we all need to recognise is that there is a lot more Gospel than gets across much of any of our pulpits, largely because there's so much to that Message; and the doing of the Gospel is what makes it worthwhile that the preaching happened in the first place. We're hard pressed to find a preacher who put 100% on both sides of that scale, at least this side of John Wesley, but, Rick, as long as you're stuck on doing all the good you can for all the folks you can any way you can for a long as you can, brother, you got my vote. God bless ya!
Posted by Patrick Robert Easter