I’m not too interested in tonight’s Presidential town hall to be moderated by Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, I just want to hear a few sound-bites and read a few headlines afterward. But the pre-forum rumblings have me wondering if any Christians besides ardent Warrenites are happy about this thing.
I picked up a little fundy monthly called The West Michigan Christian yesterday and noticed that most of their stories come from a media source called OneNewsNow (I plan on writing another post on a different story from ONN some other day). I located OneNewsNow on the web and was not a bit surprised by its broad American evangelical content.
OneNewsNow and their readers (vote to see the poll results) aren’t too thrilled about Warren’s forum because they don’t think it will clarify the theological beliefs of the candidates and because the agenda is looking a little left-of-center: Skepticism mounts over Warren’s presidential forum.
Why the skepticism? Because Warren won’t be asking the candidates about abortion:
“What makes some church leaders — and I guess average Christians — a little suspicious about this is…for lack of a better term, the self-censorship that Rick Warren is practicing here,” Schenck cautions. “For example, he’s not going to ask either of the candidates anything about abortion even though it’s one of the primary distinctions between the two candidates.”
Even a consistent evangelical can’t please other consistent evangelicals. It looks like Warren’s social gospel is too narrow for this thing to be important.