Global Faith Forum: Ed Stetzer is talking right now about "Agreeing to Disagree" because, as he says, you cannot both reach out to a people without loving a people. He is still reinforcing that we don't all worship the same God – Ed has a conservative following and I think he is making sure they know he is not lowering his standards or compromising. He is speaking against an "interfaith" idea but then Bob has already cleared the air. Hopefully he moves beyond this to have something interesting to say.[update – see Ed in comments on this]
OK – Ed is doing better now and here is his message:
4 commitments to help us live in a multi-faith world:
1. A commitment to allow each religion to speak for themselves. Christians should read the Ramayana if they want to understand Hinduism. [Ed didn't say it but I spoke this week about the Ramayana being translated and published by William Carey, another Baptist leader.]
2. A commitment to talk about individuals and not "faiths". People are people, not religions. Muslims did not attact the World Trade Center – some fundamentalist Muslims did. [This is good and it reinforces what the two Jewish men on the panel about the two of them having three opinions.]
3. A commitment to learn how to mutually respect other people's beliefs without compromise. KKK does not represent Christian followers and Al Qaeda does not represent
We should be quick ot point out our own extremists who do not act according to our beliefs and apologize for them. [This is what one of the panelists was alluding to earlier when he mentioned the Florida pastor who tried to burn the Koran and make world-wide news – He was lamenting that this great gathering has almost no global coverage but it should]. We should be able to proselytize. Muslims do. Buddhists do. Christians do. Woe to us if we do not preach the gospel.
4. A commitment to grant to each person the freedom to make their own decisions. To attend or not attend church. Ed is reading from the Koran here where it says something similar. Hinduism allows freedom also. Jesus advised his followers against the use of force. Muslims should be free to build a mosque where they want [Ground Zero] but Christians should be allowed to build churches in the Middle East [I think he said Dubai] [Agreed.]
Ed is wrapping it up. Good comeback. Looking forward to saying hello over icecream in a few minutes.