Rick Warren, Melissa Etheridge, and the Church

Yesterday I stumbled upon Brad Rugglesblog post that pointed me to this article by Melissa Etheridge.

Say what you want about Rick Warren.

Say what you want about Melissa Etheridge.

I love, love, love to hear stories about believers demonstrating love instead of hate or condemnation.

Here’s the most quotable piece (emphasis mine):

I hadn’t heard of Pastor Rick Warren before all of this. When I heard the news, in its neat little sound bite form that we are so accustomed to, it painted the picture for me. This Pastor Rick must surely be one hate spouting, money grabbing, bad hair televangelist like all the others. He probably has his own gay little secret bathroom stall somewhere, you know.

As I was winding down the promotion for my Christmas album I had one more stop last night. I received a call the day before to inform me of the keynote speaker that night… Pastor Rick Warren. I was stunned. My fight or flight instinct took over, should I cancel? Then a calm voice inside me said, “Are you really about peace or not?”

I told my manager to reach out to Pastor Warren and say “In the spirit of unity I would like to talk to him.” They gave him my phone number. On the day of the conference I received a call from Pastor Rick, and before I could say anything, he told me what a fan he was. He had most of my albums from the very first one. What? This didn’t sound like a gay hater, much less a preacher.

He explained in very thoughtful words that as a Christian he believed in equal rights for everyone. He believed every loving relationship should have equal protection. He struggled with proposition 8 because he didn’t want to see marriage redefined as anything other than between a man and a woman. He said he regretted his choice of words in his video message to his congregation about proposition 8 when he mentioned pedophiles and those who commit incest.

He said that in no way, is that how he thought about gays. He invited me to his church, I invited him to my home to meet my wife and kids. He told me of his wife’s struggle with breast cancer just a year before mine.

When we met later that night, he entered the room with open arms and an open heart. We agreed to build bridges to the future.

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  1. the baby is so sweet! he looks just like you zack! i got a new baby he is 4weeks old now, we got him from the hospital on the 8th of dec. he was born on my birthday the 5th! its funny to think most people wait 9 months, and i have 2 times befor! i know the wait lol then some people dont even know who will end up in your life at the drop of a hat, so on this monday after noon, i was waiting to go get my girls from school i get a phone call, amie can you go to the hospital right now!! they are waiting for you! huh i thought?? for what? we have a new baby boy born that needs a home! can you come get him! i said give me 10 min’s, and ran to the shower, got ready really fast ran up told my mom to get the girls, called dan to meet at there! and put the carseat in the van! in 10 min’s lol, then we got to meet the 6 lb baby boy named skylar, we are changing it to seth! for code name, he is so great, not at all like my others, he wants to eat every two hours! and now!! but over all very good! we are hoping to be able to adopt him, so we will have to see, what Gog has for us! im soo happy for you guys may all your wishes come true! i know mine has! God bless love cuz’n Amie

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