Okay, I feel better now. Yes, this is what Rick Warren has reduced the celebration of the Resurrection to, a rock concert for 12 year old girls. The promotional website has this to say about the event:
This Easter will be unlike any we’ve had at Saddleback before, as we rejoice together for one momentous service at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. We’ll have special guests, inspiring worship, and Pastor Rick will take a memorable look back at where we’ve been as a church, and most importantly, talk about the future.Yes, you read that correctly. The Easter service will be held in a stadium. And it seems to me that, besides the main attraction of the Jonas Brothers, the most important topic to be discussed will be the 30 year anniversary of Warren's successful leap into the church-growth business. Did you notice the last line in that promo? "Pastor Rick will take a memorable look back at where we’ve been as a church, and most importantly, talk about the future." Um, so do you think that Jesus will be allowed to make a cameo appearance, Pastor Rick? I mean, his accomplishment is a little bit better than yours. Not much, but a little. He was resurrected after three days in the grave, after all. And this was after bearing the wrath of God for the sins of all who would believe in Him. So...I'm thinking that it may be a good idea if you at least mention Him in this Easter service. Especially since, usually, Easter is celebrated in remembrance of Jesus' resurrection. Just a suggestion.
For those of us who aren't, ahem, blessed enough to live in Southern California and attend this "holy" event in person, fear not. Yes, the Saddleback Church "Easter with Rick Warren" celebration will be broadcast live online! So hurry up and go to your own church's early service, come home and gather the family 'round the computer and prepare to do some major worshiping. I can't promise that you'll actually be worshiping God, but you'll be worshiping someone! Probably the Jonas Brothers and "Pastor" Rick. Wow, sounds like fun, doesn't it? I can't wait. I may even get one of those countdown clocks for the blog so we can all countdown the days together.
And for those of you who do live near Saddleback, be sure to stop by the church and pick up your official "Easter with Rick Warren" bumper sticker! No, I'm not kidding.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4