Evangelical phenom Rick Warren made a refreshing statement yesterday at a three-day summit in the heart of Religious Right activism, Colorado Springs, Colo. Via the LA Times:
"We've got some people who only focus on moral purity and couldn't care less about the poor, the sick, the uneducated. And they haven't done zip for those people," said Warren, a mega-church pastor in California and author of the best-selling "The Purpose-Driven Life."To be sure, several speakers stated that providing a viable adoption meant finding a safe home with "both a mommy and a daddy."
Warren hastened to say that he also opposed abortion and gay marriage. But too often, he said, Christians these days are defined by their "big mouth" — what they argue against, not what they embrace. He pointed to a verse from the Book of James that calls caring for orphans an essential element of a "pure and undefiled" faith.
"It's time for the church to stop debating the Bible and start doing it," Warren said.
(Extra reading: Check out Rob Eshman's column about Warren's Shabbat visit to Sinai Temple last year.)