Here is an interesting statement coming from the Mega Leaders of the Megachurch:
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Megachurch pastors Bill Hybels and Rick Warren both expressed their deep regrets for not joining the fight against HIV/AIDS sooner as they partner to call the Church to quickly take action in the battle against one of the world’s greatest humanitarian emergencies.
Bill Hybels, senior pastor of the 18,000-membered Willow Creek Church in South Barrington, Ill., and Rick Warren of the 20,000-membered Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. both began their sessions Tuesdays with apologies for their lack of awareness and response to the pandemic that is expected to kill 93 million people by 2010.
“Willow would be on the list of churches to get it too late,” reflected Hybels. “As I look back, I take full responsibility for this. Our church just celebrated its 30th anniversary last month. I have to live with that. I confess it. I believe it is covered with the cross but it is a mystery to me why I didn’t get it.”
It’s a mystery to many of us why the megachurch movement in the west hasn’t got it. However, when your focus is on the apparent good life available in Christianity – it’s hard to focus on the realities of life for most of the rest of the world. (And Bill, if it’s covered by the cross, will you be putting one up in your church again or is that too unseeker friendly?) Bono would have a much more charitable response.