They took the stage arm in arm, joined together by grief and the decision to take a step toward the new normal. Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, spoke publicly for the first time since their youngest son, Matthew’s, suicide seven weeks ago.They were emotional–Kay in particular, as her comments to the Saturday afternoon congregation lasted about 70 seconds before she retreated backstage.
But they were strong–Rick, in particular, who proclaimed he was more fearless and less concerned than ever about what people thought of him, referring to those who reveled in his family tragedy.
“We’re going to do the right thing regardless of what the pundits say,” he proclaimed about midway through his 21-minute talk. “And we really don’t care because we’re not accountable to them because we do it for an audience of one.”
That brought on one of several ovations from the crowd, and it was the final point he made before moving on to honor veterans and people who lost loved ones in battle as part of a Memorial Day recognition weekend. After that, he shared what was coming later this summer–including the first series he will preach titled, “What’s On Your Mind.”