Megachurch reflects on presidential event

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c. 2008 Religion News Service LAKE FOREST, Calif. _ A day after hosting presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, megachurch pastor Rick Warren said Sunday (Aug. 17) that a politician’s soul is as important as his solutions. “Don’t just look at issues, look at character,” Warren sermonized here at his Saddleback Church. “Issues are […]

  • Drcg

    I agree totally with Warren’s comment that a politician’s soul is as important as his solutions. So, regardless of who you vote for, I urge everyone to pray for these men. God alone knows their hearts and what they need as individuals and children of God and what they need as leaders. God will supply what they need. But we must pray daily for them. I personally could never support a man who would allow babies who have survived abortions to die in a linen closet somewhere, without offering or allowing medical treatment. It is inhumane and our president must exhibit character and qualities that are at the very least human, but much more so. Obama’s mask must continue to be removed, so that we can see what and who he really is. God bless all for praying for all our leaders, but especially for these two candidates.

  • Michael Oleniczak

    There both bought and paid for by the globalist elites. Not for the U.S. Constitution. Warren is a globalist also,you will have more character in the thrid party canadates…

  • lois

    If one says they are for Christian principles of life and sacamental union of marriage, then one CANNOT vote for obama. He will be choosing judges that will be supporting those contradictory positions that God has established. Christians must stop changing God’s definition of marriage and life. God gives life, and people who support abortions, support the ending/killing of life. PERIOD

  • joan

    This election is pivotal in the survival of our country.
    If we vote in a man just because he has the right rhetoric but no moral fiber, then we are doomed.
    Just like a helium balloon is lovely on the outside, when you let the air out—there is nothing…and Obama is like that balloon.
    Our wonderful country is on the slippery slope, and November 4th will tell whether we continue down or rise up again.

  • John Valenti

    I still shake my head in disbelief that Obama claims to be a Christian and shake it even more so that people actually believe him and are going to vote for him. How do you reconcile being a Christian and strongly support the killing of the unborn? How do you reconcile being a Christian and strongly support the homosexual agenda. God destroyed two cities because they were homosexual. Does that speak to you? Obama is the most liberal of the liberal. He is the most extreme of the left wing extremists. The Democratic party’s platform is an anti-God platform. Get a copy and read it. I am extremely disappointed in Rick Warren for not ‘publicly’ seeing who this guy really is. Take off the blinders Rick.

  • Lisa Williams

    How could the pastor of a Christian church invite a man who advocates the killing of defenseless human beings to express his views on anything? Senator Obama believes that a class of children have NO rights: NONE. If their mothers do not want them, they can kill them. This is not a reasonable position. It is pure evil and I do not understand how a Christian can be deluded into thinking that civility is appropriate for barbarism. Rick Warren has given Barack Obama a respectability he does not in any way deserve.

  • Jake Boyd

    I thought the new generation of evangelical leaders that Warren represents were past the faulty theology that good people will have good character and good politics. Some of the best leaders, the Bible teaches us, were rotten individuals of “questionable” character. King David—case in point. No man could recover from Bathshebagate nowadays in this country, even with God on his side. Does that make this country a more godly country, as some claim? Or does it actually mean the obverse—that we’ve stopped caring about God and can’t see His will for all the black-and-white principles we conflate it with?Furthermore, no moral questions are as clear-cut as some are portraying the “abortion issue” to be—even for Christians or, I should say: especially for Christians. Christians care about life, true; but do we just care about it in quantitative terms (i.e., preservation of bare life) or do we have a sense of the quality of life as well? Do we really want a world where sexuality is strictly tied to reproduction? Where women are forced to cede control over their bodies? Sure, doing so may increase life quantitatively, but in so doing we diminish its quality. Sure, God said “Go forth and multiply”; but didn’t he also say he came into our world so we could live life to the full? I realize this line of reasoning is a slippery slope, but so is the self-righteous moralism of those who defend bare, quantifiable life. The notion of civility that Warren advocated in the Saddleback Forum is about seeing the merit in other people’s views, opinions and political stances—and being willing to have one’s own views challenged by them. Was Warren even in the least bit successful in advancing that notion?