I grow irritated when believers distort the truth to create an emotional response in the hearer/reader. There are several Christian organizations that throw shots at people by taking a statement out of context or presenting only part of the truth. Sometimes, they use a provocative headline and hide the truth deep in the article so that only the patient or the persistant will find it. I'll give you an example. Here is a link to an article posted by One News Now, an arm of the American Family Association. Read the entire article and then ask yourself, "what does the writer want me to feel/think after reading his article? What truth has been presented here?" (Please go read the article before you read on, it's not long).
Now in the article, you are told what Rick Warren said, and he is quoted in some paragraphs. They do mention a video statement by Rick Warren on the Saddleback website, but do not post the link. However, I went to the website and watched the video statement. I encourage you to do so as well. Then I want you to compare the article and the video statement. Are the two saying the same thing? Does article accurately reflect what was truly said on the video statement, or have parts been deleted or rearranged to get you to think something else? Here's the link to the video statement: Saddleback Family News and Views - 12/22/2008.
I'd love to hear your take on this, perhaps I'm just being touchy. But at the moment, I am really perturbed. We have truth on our side. I do not believe God is glorified when we misrepresent the truth to get our point across.