From the Christian Post:
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is scheduled to join Saddleback Church’s third annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church hosted by Rick and Kay Warren.
Clinton is the first of six invited presidential candidates to confirm participation at the Nov. 27-Dec. 1 summit. The Warrens extended invitations to leading White House contenders former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, all of whom have expressed a desire to participate.
“Inviting politicians from different perspectives to the Summit is not a political decision – it is a humanitarian and Christian action,” said Rick Warren, I’bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life, in a statement released Thursday. “When millions are dying each year, we’re interested in lives, not labels. We want everyone to become concerned about the AIDS pandemic.”
The 2007 summit follows last year’s controversy when Warren and his wife Kay hosted Obama and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who dropped out of the race last month, at the AIDS summit.
The Warrens have done much to bring this issue to the forefront of the evangelical conscience. I commend them for that. We should be considered about the AIDS pandemic in Africa. James makes it very clear that our faith needs to be accompanied by works.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead, (James 2:14-17, ESV).
We can’t be so concerned with evangelism that we neglect physical needs. This is a matter of life and death in Africa.
It is obvious that all who participate will bring a different perspective. I think that is the intent. I work for a Christian organization that rubs elbows by necessity with secular and public agencies. I think there is value in bringing all parties to the table to discuss ideas. I wouldn’t equate this summit as giving politicians pulpit time. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this? Good? Bad? Helpful?
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