This past Sunday, a major shift was announced by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, that has many Christian leaders concerned. As Saddleback hosted its “celebration of Jesus (pbuh),” attended by a number of Muslim communities in Southern California, something theologically significant happened at the dinner portion of the event. Only a select number of people were invited to the dinner. A document one year in the making was presented which encourages Christians and Muslims to “appreciate the similarities of our faiths.” What does this mean? Is it simply a way to reach out a helping hand to the communities in Southern California, or is something more serious happening? Read more here, and share your thoughts in the comments section:
The document encouraged that our communities work together towards the common good and to combat bigotry in a 1-2-3 plan. The first step in the plan identifies the belief in one God. The second step acknowledges God’s commandment to love God and your neighbor. Finally, step three is for our communities to commit to three things: making friends, building peace, and serving the world at large together.
This relationship with Saddleback Church was initiated over a year ago with a friendship between one of the pastors, Abraham Meulenberg, and the ICSC’s Jihad Turk. Pastor Meulenberg reached out having heard about the Center and our interfaith work. From this friendship developed an institutional link between their respective organizations.
- Rick Warren builds bridge to Muslims (standupforthetruth.com)
- Controversy Over An Article About Rick Warren’s Efforts to Bring Muslims, Christians Together (solasisters.blogspot.com)
- Rick Warren: Christians and Muslims Serve the Same God? (slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com)
- Rick Warren: Christians and Muslims Serve the Same God? (christianresearchnetwork.com)
- Rick Warren Builds Bridges to Muslims (OC Register) (purposedrivel.com)
- Controversy Over An Article About Rick Warren’s Efforts to Bring Muslims, Christians Together (christianresearchnetwork.com)