A Christian political activist says a popular California pastor
is missing a good opportunity to confront President Barack Obama
and his Republican challenger.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest,
canceled a civil forum that would have featured President Obama
and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The Orange County Register reports that
Warren canceled the event because of the uncivil discourse between
the Obama and Romney campaigns.
But Lawrence Hebron of the Alliance of Christian Patriots thinks the
pastor is making a mistake.
"He created the civil forums to promote civility, Pastor Warren
said. But what better way to promote civility than to address the
issue head-to-head with its worst offenders? It has been said that
a good pastor comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
One of the most important functions of a pastor is to confront and
change bad behavior," Hebron contends. "If Warren believes that
these two influential people are misbehaving, it seems like he is
missing a good opportunity to confront these two candidates
face-to-face and challenge them to do better."
Warren's event, which would have been the second
presidential forum, would have given each candidate 50 minutes with
the California pastor. In 2008, Warren hosted his first-ever
presidential forum with then-Senators John McCain and Barack