Rick Warren’s Saddleback church will be hosting a forum between Obama and McCain mid-August. I’m on an email list from FRC Action which reports the ” ‘main areas of focus’-AIDS, poverty, human rights and the environment.” Huh, not gay marriage, not abortion, not faith based initiatives, not abstinence education? I agree, we should care about those who are ill with disease, and those in poverty or who have been abused. We should be good stewards of God’s creation, but come on, these issues sure sound loaded and don’t answer the concerns of many Christians.
The first images of McCain and Obama in opposition on stage (though this moment on stage together will be brief) will not be with a journalist and moderator the likes of Tim Russert, but will be with a mega-church pastor, specifically, Rick Warren. I cannot help but think Rick Warren is pushing his own agenda here, something has got to be in this for him. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Is the media ready to accept Warren in this particular role?
Personally, I believe something stinks here.