Liberals are outraged over President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren to give the Inauguration Invocation. The website Think Progress had this to say, “Pastor Rick Warren will deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20. While he is a recognizable celebrity and best-selling author, Warren also advocates a number of deeply anti-progressive views. He supported California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 and has likened gay marriage to polygamy and incest. He is strongly anti-choice, and has equated abortion to the Holocaust. Warren also supports the assassination of foreign leaders. Appearing on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes on December 3, Warren agreed with Sean Hannity’s assertion that ‘we need to take him [Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] out,’ saying that stopping evil ‘is the legitimate role of government.’ He added, ‘The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers.’” Pretty strong feelings and for me as a Christian Conservative I can honestly say that I’m pretty upset as well.
David Brody from the Christian Broadcasting Network said, “It makes a whole lot of sense…This move is also classic Obama because it is a signal to religious conservatives that he’s willing to bring in both sides to the faith discussion in this country.” What does he mean by both sides? I’m assuming that he means liberals and conservatives, but as a Bible believing Christian I only see one side – God’s. And does anyone believe that Obama will embrace Christian conservatives? I mean his theology is Marxist Black Liberation so I really don’t see that happening, nor do I think that he is a Christian although I cannot see his heart. I agree that this is a good move on Obama’s part, but my focus is on Rick Warren. Just as I went after Joel Hunter about praying at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, I’m going after Rick Warren on this. Why did he accept? If you follow my blog, you know I have very strong feelings about mega -churches. I often wonder about the message that is given inside that would be so attractive to so many people. Is it just that people are really hungry for Jesus and the salvation He provides or are they getting a touchy, feely, self-help talk? When it comes to Rick Warren all one needs to do is read his bestselling book, “The Purpose Driven Life”. The message is the latter with Warren quoting heavily from mainstream Bibles like “The Message”. The full gospel message, which includes admitting that we are sinners and recognizing that we need salvation, is absent. Just telling Jesus that you believe in Him is not enough. Even Satan believes in God.
I also question how someone could appear to endorse a President who supports infanticide and Marxism. We should all pray for our President regardless of who that person is, but should we endorse that person? Of course, I do not know what Pastor Warren will be praying. I hope that he sticks to praying for God’s guidance and I hope that he uses the world stage that he will have to talk about Jesus (as Billy and Franklin Graham always do) and a need for this country to return to its Judeo-Christian roots before God shakes the dust of us from His robes.
And speaking of Billy Graham, this “shift” seems very significant to me. Billy Graham has given the Inaugural Invocation for as long as I can remember and even before I was a spark in my parents’ eyes. I believe Billy Graham to be a true man of God who has not used his celebrity for personal gain. Franklin appears to be following in his father’s footsteps and would seem the likely heir to the Inaugural Invocation in the spirit of tradition. I’ll never forget Katie Couric interviewing Franklin Graham and how he used the opportunity to minister to her directly and tell her the gospel message personally as if no one was watching. That is someone who has their heart in the right place. So is this shift coming perhaps from God Himself? Have we turned our backs on Him to such a degree that He is handing us over now? Of course, I would expect both Grahams to either decline the offer or use the opportunity to spread the gospel and strongly condemn the areas of disagreement with Barack Obama, yes even the gay marriage stuff.
But what we will get is a feel good message about America having a chance to save the world now – instead of Jesus. We’ll get to see Rick Warren taking over the mantle of “America’s preacher” and having his bloated ego stoked even more. For those Christians that will attack me on my feelings just remember how harshly Rick Warren went after Barack Obama after Obama’s answer on the whole abortion question and when life starts answered, “That’s above my pay grade.” Oh wait…he didn’t go after him. And that shows the true colors of this “man of God”.