Friday, August 15, 2008

A Fresh approach to the 2008 campaign...

I am excited about the upcoming event hosted by Rick Warren & Saddleback Church. Barack Obama & John McCain will each be interviewed by Pastor Warren over a variety of subjects, including those that aren’t usually mentioned: poverty, HIV/ AIDS, climate concerns, and human rights. Most intriguing to me was what Rick Warren said about the focus: ““While debates typically focus primarily on the candidates’ positions and only secondarily on how they’d lead and make decisions, this Saddleback Civil Forum will reverse that ratio.”

While this forum being hosted by Christians is a personal bonus for me, it’s the idea that they are trying a different approach that’s gotten me enthused.

It will be LIVE on CNN this Saturday , starting at 7pm (CST), as well as MSNBC (Curious that FOX isn’t interested in broadcasting an event at a church)

I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up too much, but I am looking forward to a fresh look at the candidates. I would have liked to see some of the alternate candidates, like Green Party & Libertarian Party involved. But I think this will be helpful (and there is high probability that one of these two will be the next president)

I think the process of how they come to decisions is vital, and can help predict the out come of events, even if we don’t know what those events will be. After all, who would have know during the 2000 presidential election that we would have to deal with the aftermath of terrorists. And in the 2004 election, who would have guessed that the US would have to address a catastrophic natural disaster, which we are still feeling the effects of?

Would people have voted differently, had they known how the candidates come to their decisions?

I encourage you to watch…and if the format is good, communicate it to the world, especially the media. Let’s change the way politics is usually done, starting from our end.

To find out more info, check out this news article à

or the official website form Saddleback à


Anonymous said...


As you know, I have STRONG opinions on both candidates - probably more bad than good - on both.

That being said, I am excited that Saddleback has decided to host this event. The Church needs to ENGAGE!!!

Steve said...

Hey, JP!

You should take off the word verification feature... :0)