Rick Warren on Darfur

Last week, Pastor Rick Warren hosted John McCain and Barack Obama at the Saddleback Civil Forum. Afterwards, he talked to Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic about what he was hoping to accomplish at the forum.

The genocide in Darfur came up…

JG: Talk about one issue we’ve talked about before, genocide, and the American response to genocide. What are you, as a human, a Christian, and an American, commanded to do when you know a genocide is taking place, a documented genocide?

RW: In the Old Testament, it says that if you have the power to do something good, then you have to do it. You’re not to avoid helping somebody in their time of need. Shoot, the Torah says that if you find a cow in a ditch you’ve got to help it out. Even if it’s the enemy’s cow, you’ve got to help it out. We’ve got this compassion fatigue in America. It’s why we have a slow genocide going on in Darfur.

JG: So America has a duty to help.

RW: The answer is, we must do all we can. People say America is not the policeman of the world. We may not be, but the Bible says, if you have been blessed, then you are to care for people who can’t care for themselves, you are to speak up for people who can’t speak for themselves, and to defend the defenseless.

That’s right Mr. Warren, we must do all we can. When we met with our Orange County politicians last year, we heard repeatedly, how “we’re doing all we can”. And yet the genocide continues…

Are we doing all we can? Post your comments below.

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Read the entire interview here.

Obama and McCain in Orange County

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain will be appearing for the first time together in Orange County. Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church will be hosting a Civil Forum on Compassion and Leadership featuring the two presidential candidates.

Saturday, August 16 2008
5:00 – 7:00p

Saddleback Church
(in main auditorium)

I’m excited to hear their views on the crisis in Darfur and other major pressing issues of the day. Barbara, Carol, Patty and I will be attending. I hope you will join us.

Tickets are available starting Monday, August 4th. Visit saddlebackcivilforum.com for more details.

Tickets will now be available starting Wednesday, Aug 13th.