I received this email from Saddleback Church and it contains a direct video message from Rick Warren.
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Pastor Warren starts by saying the media never gets the story completely right. I wouldn’t say that’s true at all. The media reports that facts that they have at the time. If the story is incomplete or if there’s a major gap, that’s what a second day story is for.
Pastor Warren also calls out bloggers (I think the anonymous ones); I post under my own name and I am not ashamed of anything I’ve written here (but I am embarrassed about typos and such).
Please view the video and post your comments about it below.
While Pastor Warren is quick to point out the faults of the media and of bloggers, let me draw this connection. I have yet to see a priest or a pastor consistently interpret the Bible. Because these people are human beings, they can only interpret it they way they see if and then they try to convince the congregation that their interpretation is the correct one.
In the second video segment, Pastor Rick discusses civil rights, and how no American should ever be discriminated against because of their beliefs. Free speech should be free speech for everybody, even if they disagree with our views. As Christians, it is always up to us to champion civility.
Also in this segment, he discusses why he has accepted President-Elect Barack Obama’s invitation to provide the inaugural invocation.
In the third video segment, Pastor Rick discusses how he will respond to the many attacks and accusations appearing in the news, and why it is vitally important to return love for hate, to overcome evil with good, and to keep meeting the practical needs of those around us.
He closes with a word of encouragement to all Saddleback members, and a description of the new Purpose Driven Connection network that launches next month.