I saw this graphic floating around the Internet that reads,
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
Let’s examine this profound and lofty statement.
Rick Warren said that our culture has accepted two HUGE lies.
These aren’t small lies. These are gargantuan.
What are examples of big lies? How about your doctor keeping a cancer diagnosis from you? How about a politician lying about his income? How about, a spouse not telling his or her partner about an affair?
Huge lies are NOT, “I’m going to take the trash out in a second, honey,” and then fail to do it.
These examples of lies are up there with lying to spouses and to the voting public.
These lies Rick Warren has for us are far, far worse.
These are HUGE.
Rick Warren’s first HUGE lie is: “[I]f you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them.”
This is patently absurd. I disagree with a lot of people’s lifestyles. And I don’t hate or fear them. Not one bit. There are things my loved ones have done. There are things I’ve done, I’m sure. And people don’t hate me, nor I them.
I have friends who snort coke, drink way too much, are promiscuous in their relationships, spend way too much on extravagant items. Those are lifestyle choices that I don’t like, but I don’t hate or fear them.
I might even love them so much that I would tell them that science says X about the consequences of their lifestyle. And I might drift away from their friendship if I see that their lifestyle choice isn’t something I want to associate myself with. It has nothing to do with hate.
While they are being selfish or destructive, I’ll be selfish and productive. Done.
Perhaps Warren is referencing that outsiders view Christians who oppose abortion or homosexuality as hateful.
The hate or fear becomes a part of the process when people like Rick Warren claim that certain lifestyles — without a shred of evidence — result in an eternity of hellfire. The fear and hate come from establishing a hierarchy of sins, legislating these sins in politics, and likely being as guilty of these “sins” as the person who does them publicly.
So lie number one is simply culturally-specific to his point of view.
Ooooo, good one.
What’s behind door number two, Rick?
“The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.”
I disagree with a lot of things my lovely wife believes and does. You and she may disagree with a lot of things that I “believe” or don’t believe. I may disagree with a lot of things my friends or family does.
Warren’s declaration at the end of the statement is the lie. “You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
Warren clearly doesn’t have friends or family. Because if he’s not making compromises, he’s not keeping friends or family close.
This is the evil of Christianity’s leadership
Relationships ARE compromise.
Compassion is compromise!
Relationships are compromise. If they weren’t, we’d all be locked up in a room waiting for death to consume us.
If I forced Tina to stop thinking something higher is in control of the universe, we’d have a rift between us.
If every time I hung out with my family and they nagged me about atheism or if I nagged them about theism, it would create a barrier.
Warren’s own Jesus exemplified the idea that Compassion = Compromise. Supposedly, his death for your sins is the embodiment of compassion for sins that the “perfect” Jesus never committed. He LOVES you without condition. He loved you to the cross for sins he never committed.
That’s MORE than compromise. That’s going out of one’s way to support and love someone.
Rick Warren is a liar. A huge one. He doesn’t know what he believes. He doesn’t believe that Christ’s love and compassion is the same as compromising convictions, that’s for sure. He thinks he’s a leader? A leader of what?
And if you believe the bullshit that emits from his pen or his lips, you’re a sucker.