Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren, who opposes Obama's abortion views, issued a statement: "Our goal has been to put people together who normally won't even speak to each other," the Saddleback statement said. "We do not expect all participants in the summit discussion to agree with all of our evangelical beliefs. However, the HIV/AIDS pandemic cannot be fought by evangelicals alone. It will take the cooperation of all - government, business, NGOs and the church."I like it. Obama is not preaching at Saddleback. He is not even speaking on the abortion issue. This strikes me as an excellent opportunity to make use of huge facilities such as Saddleback. The fact that they have that building is yet another debate but given that they do, I think we [the Church] ought to engage our culture and bring Christ into that.
Had the issue cited been about how this will be a worldly "love-in" without the message of hope that Christ brings to the problem of this fallen world, I would share the concern. But this is simply a "we can't have this guy because he doesn't represent all that we represent" - sorry, I can't get behind that.