Skip to comments.NCC Leader Touts Church Unity As Way to Fight Poverty, Social Injustice (Warren Alert)
Posted on 01/25/2007 11:05:45 AM PST by Gamecock
The head of a large liberal religious organization is brushing aside a new report that says his group is being propped up financially by left-wing groups such as MoveOn.org and the philanthropies of George Soros and Ted Turner. Instead, National Council of Churches (NCC) general secretary Bob Edgar is focusing on church unity, social justice, and other global stewardship concerns.
The report published by the Washington, DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) claims the NCC is kept afloat financially by leftist groups that promote liberal causes such as same-sex "marriage" and abortion. (See earlier story)
But Edgar, who was recently in Washington defending his group against these claims, is highlighting the fact that the IRD report fails to mention any of the NCCs major goals in pursuing Christian unity, such as ending poverty. "They said nothing about our issues on justice, racism, and nothing about the work that were doing to be stewards of the planet," he observes.
The NCC leader is full of praise for evangelical leaders like Rick Warren of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California. Edgar feels Saddlebacks pastor is to be commended for his large-scale outreach efforts and his commitment to social justice concerns such as poverty and the global HIV-AIDS crisis.
"We are delighted that people like Rick Warren [author of The Purpose Driven Life] has committed himself to the poor and to working with us on issues of AIDS throughout the world," Edgar notes. He says the unity of progressives, moderates, and evangelicals hinges on two primary issues "ending the poverty that kills" and "healing the planet" as well as a third essential area, which is "peacemaking."
The head of the politically left-leaning NCC, an organization consisting of some 35 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, African American, Living Peace, and Evangelical denominations, claims what he calls "radical conservatives" in the Christian community are largely ignoring global efforts to fight poverty and threats to the environment. He says two evangelical Christian leaders in particular stand out in his mind.
"People like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson Pat Robertson, calling for the assassination of the president of Venezuela ; and Jerry Falwell and some of the other ultra-right-wing folks have moved the debate far to the right," Edgar observes. "But I think there are many evangelical conservative Christians," he says, "who have read the Bible literally enough to discover God cares about poor people."
And likewise, the NCC general secretary asserts, "there are plenty of evangelical conservative Christians who have read the Bible and see God calling us to be stewards of the planet, not supporters of Armageddon and the destruction of the planet." These believers, the Christian leader suggests, recognize from their reading of scripture that God cares about the environment, just as He cares about the poor.
Edgar describes such social-justice-oriented conservatives as "moderate evangelicals." He reaches out to them and to other so-called religious moderates in his new book, titled Middle Church : Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from the Religious Right (Simon and Schuster, 2006).
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***We are delighted that people like Rick Warren [author of The Purpose Driven Life] has committed himself to the poor and to working with us on issues of AIDS throughout the world," Edgar notes. He says the unity of progressives, moderates, and evangelicals hinges on two primary issues "ending the poverty that kills" and "healing the planet" as well as a third essential area, which is "peacemaking.***
Where is Christ in this?
Does it bother anyone else the the NCC is cheer leading for Warren?
Rick Warren gives nutjobs a bad name.
I am just shocked!
(Birds of a feather...Just ask Carter and Clinton)
The NCC has been around since 1950, and we all know what a stupendous success they have had in these areas: poverty is virtually gone, with plenty of everything for everybody; the planet is healed or at least on the mend; and the old rock is so peaceful that just the other day I saw a lion almost lie down with a lamb, until the lamb had second thoughts and decided not to press its luck. And of this thanks to the good old NCC.
I'm discovering that anybody who uses the term "the planet" this much is a dirt-worshipping, heathen c-sucker.
I thought the lamb DID lie down with the lion and then the lion ate it, and then the lamb said "why'dja eat me?" and the lion said "I'm a lion, it's my nature."
Don't believe anything Bob Edgar says. He makes all conservative who oppose his organization to be stooges for Fawell and the 700 club. Fawell and the 700 Club don't represent American conservatives.
The NCC is a communist front group. I believe everything noted in the IRD report - the NCC supported the Soviet Union and Cuba so they are moot.
Not the lamb I saw.
Rick Warren disciples: The Stupid Party's new swing voters.
Too divisive. He's a barrier to people getting saved.
Speaking of God, does He care about unborn babies? Does He care about immorality? Does He care about sin?
And, especially, a barrier to getting Purpose.
Not as long as you have purpose(r).
"Where is Christ in this?"
Christ is bringing on that Armageddon thing, and that doesn't promote world peace. Too divisive, you know.
They're birds of a feather, it's not surprising but yes, SHOULD be troubling for anyone who names the name of Christ and yet has an appetite for Warren's 'teaching.'