Dave Ferguson is sharing his notes from a conference at Saddleback. Rick Warren made the following list:
6 THINGS THAT ARE TRUE ABOUT ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
- Everyone wants to be loved.
- Everyone wants their life to count.
- Everyone wants Christ.
- Everyone feels guilty.
- Everyone is consumed with bitterness over past hurt.
- Everyone is afraid of death.
I vacillate on whether or not I agree with the list. If the list said, "at some point in their lives everyone…." I would have less issue with it. I know people whose consciences have been seared. I have a woman in my church now whose cancer is arrested and she is angry at God because she WANTS to die and be with her Lord. While I would agree that "At some point in their lives, everyone knows bitterness over past hurts," as it is stated I don’t agree. A six year old child may easily not be consumed with bitterness.
The one I disagreed with first, which now I don’t disagree with so much is #3. "Everyone wants Christ." I would disagree with the statement as it stands. But if it were worded, "Everyone wants Christ, what he represents or what he brings to live," then I might have much more agreement.
- Christ represents connection with God.
- Christ beings forgiveness of sin
- Christ brings hope after death
- Christ brings power to overcome sin and temptation.
Those I can buy into. But the bold faced statement that "Everyone wants Christ," seems brazenly naive.