Yesterday Rick Warren tweeted:
“I challenge any church in America to match the spiritual maturity, godliness and commitment of any 500 members of Saddleback.”
After considerable push-back from the Twitter community as well as the blogosphere, Warren took the tweet message down. Meanwhile many of his defenders tried to explain that he did not mean it in the way it was received. However, today Warren tweeted that he was in fact serious about the challenge for churches to compare their members to any 500 members of Warren’s Saddleback Church.
Given the size of Saddleback church (thousands of members), and its “seeker sensitivity”, I think this is a challenge that Warren would likely lose, as it would be relatively easy to find 500 (or more) “baby Christians” who do not possess the qualities that Warren boasts about.
While he is engaged in this sort of spitting contest, why doesn’t he add a “compare and contrast the humility of the pastor” into the mix. Oh, wait. Forget that suggestion.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over time. In addition to being a dumb thing to say, it is simply not helpful to the body and I am hard pressed to see what end Warren hoped to achieve by putting this challenge out there. I wonder how this sort of challenge conforms to the concept of being “purpose driven”?