Rick Warren Schilling for Hillary??

So I got another internet news item sent to me. Here it is … go ahead and read the article as it’s pretty brief:

So here was my response to my friend...

Thanks for sending me the link. I think I laughed out loud twice while reading it.

I loved the story – “at least one member of the popular author's Saddleback Valley Community Church called Clinton her "hero." That is hilarious – how many people are members of SVCC? What’s the percentage of people actually interviewed who called her a hero? That would be .0067%, friends – nearly a whole 7 one thousandth of a percent!

The end of the story is also hilarious: "What Saddleback is doing is helping raise her profile as a legitimate presidential candidate in the eyes of evangelical Christians," Of course Hillary Clinton is a legitimate presidential candidate – not liking her, not agreeing with her, and wishing she would simply disappear is not going to change the fact that Hillary is making a very serious run for her party’s nomination. And, at the moment, it is very likely she will get it. Is Tim Wildmont *that* dense? Yes, it seems so!

Are Warren’s actions calculated to boost Hillary’s acceptance among evangelicals; and is he campaigning for her? That is quite a stretch. It seems to me that Warren is shaming Republicans and other evangelicals for not stepping up on a very serious crisis to humanity. Doesn’t it seem more likely that Warren is saying: “Look, here’s a known abortion rights activist whose manifest attitude towards the sanctity of life is weak. And even she ‘gets it’ about the AIDS situation. When are our ‘sanctity of life’ proponents going to get off of the ideological glue and do the right thing?” Suggesting that Warren is promoting the rest of Hillary’s campaign platform is pretty silly.

Warren cares about people dying; image bearers of God are dying and it’s a lot of people’s fault. I think Warren very much wants that to change. But it seems to me that his agenda is AIDS relief, not promoting a liberal political agenda. I have no doubt that Warren has done his calculus and determined that his encouragement of Hillary as to AIDS policy outweighs any outlandish speculation that Rick Warren has gone to the far ideological left. Suggesting that Warren is politically dense is pretty presumptuous.

I seem to remember that Winston Churchill once said that “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” Even today we love that quote. Everybody understood that Churchill was saying that he was so determined on defeating Hitler, which was a good thing, that not much else compared to that goal. Nobody seriously thought that Churchill was promoting Devil worship.

The question isn’t whether Warren is supporting a particular candidate who I personally despise; it is when are the political candidates that I’m supposed to like going to start speaking out about “compassionate conservatism?” The silence is deafening – and condemning.

That’s my opinion – and it ought to be yours. :-)

- Eric

1 comment:

Eric said...

Thanks, Eric. We've become way too good at straining gnats and swallowing camels.