Rick Warren was temporarily blinded earlier this week, when the toxic ooze of a firestick plant got in his eyes while gardening. He was hospitalized overnight, and his burning eyes swollen shut for at least a day before receding. I pray for you, Rick. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
I was harkened to a famous blinding in the Bible—when Saul was stricken for three days on the road to Damascus. He was a Jew from Tarsus who had delighted in persecuting the followers of Jesus Christ. He encouraged the mob that stoned Stephen, the first martyr to die for Jesus. In his blindness he saw the glory of the light, changed his name to Paul, and through much suffering, which he counted all joy, planted the church in the world.
It’s very basic New Testament.
In November 2006, after a trip to Syria, while commenting on Christian Muslim coexistence in that nation, Rick Warren stated: “In fact, you know Saul of Tarsus—Saul was a Syrian. St. Paul, on the road to Damascus, had his conversion experience, and so Christians have been here the longest, and they get along with the Muslims, and the Muslims get along with them. There's a lot less tension than in other places.”
Tarsus is in TURKEY.
On April 7, 2009, on The Larry King Show, Warren famously lied: “I am not an anti-gay, or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be. During the whole Proposition Eight thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never, never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop Eight was going.”
In a prominent video supporting prop 8 that ran during the election cycle of 08, Rick Warren said: “Now, let me just say this really clearly: we support Proposition Eight, and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition Eight. I never support a candidate, but on moral issues I come out very clear.”
In December of 2008, Pastor Warren presented George Bush with the first International Medal of PEACE, in recognition of his contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Giving George Bush warlord a PEACE award in the name of Christ. Words fail me there.
Treating his eyes back at home, Warren tweeted: “May God use this pain for His Glory.”
Here’s your chance to emulate Paul, Rick.
With renewed eyes you should read that Bible you thump. You’ll see therein God doesn’t like lying, and if you truly aspired to a heart like Christ, you wouldn’t endorse and campaign to elect the devils you exhort with implications that it’s Godly to vote in. It’s not. It’s not very Christian to wage war, destroy the earth, deprive the poor to enrich the wealthy, who oppose health care for everyone, who condemn the innocent with lies, who enable banks to steal wealth and wield it against the victims to also steal their homes. Many of your chosen candidates are very evil men and women, liars who call themselves Christian but are not.
Don’t you see them for who they really are? Don’t you SEE what they’ve done to America and the world? Are you still BLIND?
If so you have a cold and hard heart like Pharaoh and I pray for you, Rick, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.