Friday, November 04, 2005

RIck Warren and The Ladies Home Journal

As I came home from work yesterday, the Ladies Home Journal was lying on our kitchen counter. I picked it up and decided to leaf through the pages. I only read it for the ads. As I was looking at the cover, preparing to peruse this months onslaught of feminine print advertising I saw something that read like, "Rick Warren's Plan to Eliminate Poverty" - That may not be exactly right but you get the point. Seeing a MAJOR figure in the Christian community addressing such an amazing challenge in a secular forum caught my attention.

So I flipped to page 77 (I think) and read The P.E.A.C.E. Plan.

Planting Churches
Equipping Servant Leaders
Assisting the Poor
Caring for the Sick
Educating the Next Generation

As any good web-head I went online and hopped over to the Saddleback website to see if I could discover more. It was an absolutely useless website. But there was a small link at the top of the page, for and there at the top of the page was the word P.E.A.C.E.
This link lead me to the Offical Page for the P.E.A.C.E. initiative.

Seeing a large church like Saddleback attacking the problem of world hunger and AIDS was encouraging. One gets quite use to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Patrick Buchanan who prostitute certain attributes of the moral standards of Christ for their own political gain. So seeing Rick Warren actually using his pulpit to practice "true religion." was awesome.

I say Kudos to Rick and Kay Warren. I say Kudos to Ladies Home Journal for running the article. I say Kudos to EVERYONE who does their part, whatever that is to help.

Our family supports 2 children in Choluteca, Honduras through Christian Relief Fund and the local mission work of Jarrod & Ally Brown. If you are doing nothing today, I would encourage you start with an organization like CRF or Children's Hope Chest which works in Eastern Europe. If you want to be more local here in the U.S. there is Dry Bones or Mission USA which both work with those who are marginalized by our culture.

James 1:27 - Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

1 comment:

Darla said...

i checked out the dry bones website.... looks very interesting... are you connected with this personally, i.e., know anyone there?