"The New Testament says the church is the body of Christ, but for the last 100 years, the hands and feet have been amputated, and the church has just been a mouth. And mostly, it's been known for what it's against," Warren said during a break between services at his Orange County church campus. "I'm so tired of Christians being known for what they're against."
"One of my goals is to take evangelicals back a century, to the 19th century," said Warren, 51, shifting painfully in his chair because of a back sprain suffered during an all-terrain-vehicle romp with his 20-year-old son, Matthew. "That was a time of muscular Christianity that cared about every aspect of life."
Not just personal salvation, but social action. Abolishing slavery. Ending child labor. Winning the right for women to vote.
It's time for modern evangelicals to trade words for deeds and get similarly involved, Warren contends.
The more I hear about this guy the more I like him! For years the only thing I knew about Rick Warren was that he and his Purpose Driven model were about as despised as Bill Hybels and the seeker sensitive approach, so I figured he was probably alright. But in the last couple of years, between his media appearances, his AIDS work, and his visit to Willow, I've grown to really love his optimism, honesty, genorosity, and humor. I hope that one day the things he does will be bigger news than the things Pat Robertson does!