Both CRN and slice are up in arms once again over Rick Warrenâ€™s peace plan.Â As expected, this global movement towards ending hunger, AIDS and poverty is getting lots of attention from many media outlets.Â These ODMs cannot understand why a Christian would ever want to partner with someone of a different faith or sexuality to end such a horrendous problem in the world.Â I wonder why the ODMs did not protest churches working alongside non-believers to help clean up Katrina or bring aid to the tsunami victims.Â Surely, they too were advocating universalism.Â Or could it be that simply because Rick Warren is behind this movement, it must be inherently heretical?
Recently CRN boiled down Warren’s message to this
Global Crisis Requires Global Spiritual Unity for Global Good
This could not be further from the truth.Â Spiritual Unity implies that we all need to be unified in our faith to combat this crisis.Â I challenge any ODM to find where Warren has said that we all must share the same spirituality to combat this.Â Never once has he called for spiritual unity, but for people of all faiths to work together, which does not require spiritual unity.Â You see, this is not a spiritual issue, this is a human issue that we are facing.Â Christians, Muslims or Hindus are not dying everyday , humans are dying everyday.Â The phrase should be altered to say
Global Crisis Requires Global Human Unity for Global Good
I truly believe that most ODMs have a hard time not seeing people in one of two categories:Â the non-elect and the elect.Â They cannot simply see people as human.Â I mean, this issue should appeal to our basic human compassion.Â Almost every culture in the world agrees that certain actions, such as murder, poverty and disease epidemics, are horrible atrocities.Â But, this is why you will hardly ever see an article on CRN that addresses the suffering of HUMANS in Africa, or the genocide that is taking place in Darfur.Â If it doesnâ€™t have a â€œChristianâ€ label and theology attached to it, it is worthless.
Now, I will say this, because I know the rebuttal is coming, our primary message is to preach the gospel.Â However, a hefty portion of Jesusâ€™ teachings were on feeding the hungry, caring for widows and praying for the sick.Â It is not an either/or situation;Â It is a both/and.Â I challenge the ODMS today.Â Are you against Warrenâ€™s peace plan because he is truly calling for a â€œGlobal Spiritual Unityâ€, or are you against it because it is simply Rick Warren?