Rick Warren has Rick Warren syndrome. That's not a joke. He has a brain disorder. "I was born with it," he says. "I went to the Mayo Clinic, and the doctors said, 'We have found a dozen or so other people with this. There's no name, so maybe we'll just call it the Warren syndrome." He describes the ailment's chemistry as an inability to process his body's own adrenaline. Its symptoms are tremors, disorientation and pain, and, as he says, "it makes my brain move very fast." I ask ‚ÄĒ since a colleague of his has asserted it ‚ÄĒ whether Warren also has attention deficit disorder. Warren laughs heartily. "Am I ADD? Yeah, I'm probably ADD too."
A more cautious figure than Warren might have passed on the opportunity to become a political lightning rod. But he has spent the past few years positioning himself for just such a role as a suprapolitical, supracreedal arbiter of public virtues and religious...
The mass media has proclaimed Rick Warren the leader of all "conservative Christians" and "evangelicals" so that what he says supposedly represents all of us. Sort of like the descriptions of Ted Haggard as the head of the "30-million member" NAE. It's gotten so I don't want to be associated with the labels these folks carry in the media, like "evangelical" or "born-again" or "conservative."
You notice the mass-media has profiled a megalomaniac carnival barker using religion to make a name for himself. They never profile a Godly pastor who faithfully brings God's message of sin, repentance, and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. No, it's always some nutcase wacko. No media bias here, is there?
Besides, Warren's own followers have proven his "driven" methodology doesn't work - there was an article about that not too long ago - but no one seems to care, which is the hallmark of a cult of personality. He can do no wrong, even when he is wrong.
"A more cautious figure than Warren might have passed on the opportunity to become a political lightning rod. But he has spent the past few years positioning himself for just such a role as a suprapolitical, supracreedal arbiter of public virtues and religious responsibilities."
Wow!! Isn't America lucky to have a guy like Rick.