So, Barack Obama has invited Rick Warren, the Purpose Driven Life author and pastor of mega-church Saddleback Church in southern California, to deliver the invocation at his inaugural address. “What is so strange about that?” you ask. Well, Obama was not exactly the most popular choice among evangelical Christians in the last Presidential election. Rick Warren is perhaps the most well-known of the younger evangelical movement. Many consider him the face of modern evangelicalism.
Obama is and has been an avid supporter of same-sex marriage. Rick Warren was an outspoken and strong supporter of Proposition 8, which blocked same-sex marriage in California this past election. Gay rights activists, who were overwhelmingly supportive of Barack Obama’s candidacy for President, are outraged over Obama’s choice of Warren to deliver his invocation. Rick Warren and Evangelical Christianity are the enemy in the minds of those who support same-sex marriage. How could Barack Obama make such a choice? Is he trying to win over the hearts and minds of Christians?
Of course, Christians are wondering the same thing about Rick Warren. How could he ever accept such an invitation from someone who seems to oppose many of the values so dear to Christianity? Is Rick Warren a liberal?
In the end, it is all very interesting to me since it does not seem to please anyone. I am curious what some of you think about this. Do you like Obama’s choice? Should Rick Warren, as the face of Evangelical Christianity, participate?