The Christian Post (CP) is among the first to report that pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church will broadcast a daily half-hour radio show beginning the first week of April.
Speaking today at a media gathering at Georgetown University, the megachurch pastor indicated that the show, which will be called “Daily Hope,” will focus on bringing “hope to a country that is in a discouragement period” as well as discussing “the deterioration of religious freedom in the United States and around the world.”
Though he has pastored Saddleback Church for 32 years, Warren never before desired to syndicate his messages or become a televangelist. With a congregation of 22,000, however, as well as live internet broadcasts of his church services, some may argue that Warren’s preaching still reaches the same size audience as any television preacher.
Warren changed his mind regarding the radio show due to the “discouragement period” currently being felt in America.
The discouragement can be felt, Warren continued, in the weak economic recovery and high rate of joblessness, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the partisan gridlock among political leaders. The discouragement can also be felt in the “coarsening of society.”
“People are far more rude now than they used to be,” Warren said, which he attributes to the way Americans communicate with each other on the Internet. “Our civilization is losing its civility. We just don’t know how to be nice to people.”
This is why Warren hopes to “inject some hope” into America with his new “Daily Hope” broadcasts. Though the CP article makes no mention of the gospel or of Jesus Christ, the Christian knows that this is the only true hope of any man (Col. 1:22–23, 27; 1 Pet. 1:3–5) and those who are optimistic may hope (no pun intended) that Warren will make these things the focus of his daily teachings.