Rick Warren, founder and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is one of America’s most influential authors and religious leaders. In August, he moderated a discussion on key issues between presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
Rick Warren says no matter what problem you have, there’s a purpose behind it.
His latest book is “The Purpose of Christmas.” He was interviewed by Kiran Chetry on “American Morning” on Friday. Here is an edited version of the exchange:
Chetry: We always say we don’t want Christmas to be commercialized. It seems that at the end of the year, we end up in the same position, worried about buying presents, worried about spending money, worried about holiday cards, and how do you get back to the real meaning?
Rick Warren: A lot of people are really hurting because of the economy and because of the fears about what’s going to happen, and really those same problems are the problems that Mary and Joseph went through. Housing, no room at the inn, travel, economic unrest, things like that.
So I wrote this book really to focus us on what is the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a book of hope, and the big idea behind it is that no matter what problem you’re going through, there’s a purpose behind it. God has a purpose, and that purpose can help you make it through even the stressful times when we decide to write a note to everybody, buy a gift for everybody, redecorate our house, have five or six meals and go to eight or nine parties.
Chetry: Exactly, because that’s usually what ends up happening, and sometimes the spirit….