Oh man. I don’t know if I should be writing this. I’m supposed to be busy writing the manuscript for my first book…which is already late. But hey, I need a writing break and what’s a better way to take a break from writing by writing. Ok, not really.
As I’ve checked my Twitter feed yesterday, there appears to have been a controversy surrounding Pastor Rick Warren and this photo below that he posted on his Facebook and Twitter (It has since been removed). The photo was posted this past Monday morning as a joke by Pastor Rick (or someone from his staff?) and was meant to make comparisons of his staff to the People’s Liberation Army aka Red Guard, aka Red Army, aka These Folks Did Some Scary & Cruel Stuff:
“The typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.”
Before I comment on this, let me first say that I have much love and respect for Pastor Rick. While I haven’t been a huge fan of his Hawaiian shirts, let he that has perfect fashion sense cast the first stone. So, I’ll drop my stones.
Seriously, Pastor Rick has been influential to many; He’s been a mentor to many – locally, nationally, and globally. And with the personal tragedy of the death of his son, he has been on the hearts of many. Like many other pastors and leaders, I took a moment to pray for Pastor Rick and Kay Warren at my church on that Sunday morning (the day after news broke of his son’s suicide).
Their vulnerability of both their pain and hope on a very recent Piers Morgan interview (CNN) was a source of deep ministry to many. It was raw, painful, courageous, and beautiful.
In addition, Pastor Rick has been a personal encouragement to me. While I’ve never had much substantive time with him, he’s always been kind and warm on the occasions we’ve spoken at similar events. He even took the time to write a personal tweet that very much encouraged me since he didn’t have to at all. I unashamedly retweeted it.