On the day when the National Cathedral has announced that gay people can be married in its sanctuary, it seems discordant to invite someone to pray who is on the record as condemning gay people to hell.
Walk in and hear rock music, see people wearing jeans and flip flops, and look at big video screens. Messages that focus on sex, success and decision making are also common fare. Welcome to the contemporary church.
The tweet immediately following where the Chick-Fil-A related tweet should be is one that says: "Your past is past. It can't hurt you unless you let it." If this is the case, one must wonder why Warren felt the need to delete the tweet supporting Chick-Fil-A.
Pastor Warren, you have every right to have whatever religious and political beliefs you want to have, but don't proclaim you are preaching the Christian Bible and then reject most of the things the people you are supposedly following said.
The moralization of obesity is all too familiar these days. As America has gotten heavier, blame has become something of a national sport. Yet the ancient roots of Rick Warren's diet are a reminder that the association between health and morality is nothing new.
I wonder if Chait would think it "unreasonable" for black pundits to be disillusioned with a white president inviting a supporter of Jim Crow laws to speak at the inauguration. So why is pandering to homophobia still treated as something we should accept?
If the church is the body of Christ, then the mega-church is a body on steroids... For a church to become that abnormally large it has to make use of such artificial means that it actually ceases to be a healthy church model.