Rick Warren {14/31 Niches}

“People don’t understand that I am fundamentally, foremost an evangelist,” he told WND. “It’s what I care about. I don’t care about politics, I don’t care about political correctness, I don’t care about what established groups want me to do. I care about getting people into heaven.”

– Rick Warren
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2007/12/44969/#qoLfucO0UoGX6IvJ.99

For some reason, since I was younger, I’ve been under the impression I needed to avoid anything to do with Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven Life. I don’t remember why. I think maybe something negative was mentioned at church at some point so I swore off Rick Warren, Purpose Driven anything and mega churches.

I have a feeling that if you write books, pastor a large church, have a huge following, or anything big and noticeable, prople will criticize you. Someone will think differently from you, start a crusade against you, and a lot of people will be influenced by the criticism without even checking the sources.

So I’ve avoided it.

Probably for no reason.

Today I skimmed through the book and found out it’s quite a normal book. Seems sound, and, if taken in doses with the Bible and discernment, not too misleading. I would like to call it an inspirational book rather than how-to-live the Christian life book, but that’s just to keep the Bible front and center.

More recently though, Warren has been criticized by evangelicals for getting involved in all sorts of things political, environmental, religious, and social. Some of which I don’t know what to think about either, but sometimes might it be what bother people the most that we need to be seeing and learning from?

All religions are not alike, he emphasized, and one can’t be a Christian and adhere to any other faith. But he argued, “There’s a difference between compromise and civility.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2007/12/44969/#qoLfucO0UoGX6IvJ.99

We might know what to think about someone comparing the Quran and the Bible to start conversations with muslims. We might not think global warming is an actuality. We might not condone some of the conversations about AIDS prevention. We might not agree with his stance on polemical issues.

But the thing is:

God might just be behind these things that Rick Warren is doing because conversations have to start somewhere, right?

Someone might convert to Christianity because of similarities between the Quran and the Bible.
Someone might find Jesus because some Christian decided to care about the environment and preserving the world.
Someone might feel God’s love because a pastor doesn’t care how they got AIDs only that they have ways to treat or prevent it.

Does that make sense to you?

These things might not matter or might seem controversial, but what if just one lost sheep was found this way?

Would it be worth it?

God reaches people in any way that He can. And He has every way.

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((BTW, a few years Rachel Held Evans wrote an excellent post, The Trouble with Litmus Tests, that relates to this month’s topic. I found it while researching and thought I’d share!))

Thanks for reading, all! I’d really love to hear what you think however you’d like to contact me :) you can find me here, on facebook or on twitter!

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