It seems that the Rick Warren debate is not solely about his stance on same-sex marriage. Now there are many nervous and distraught over whether or not Warren will pray a decidedly Christian prayer during the Presidential inauguration. By praying “in Jesus’ name”, many feel that Warren will be crossing the line of Separation of Church and State. It seems like this is a common theme from those who do not like Christianity. You can read a full article on this debate at the link below.
To me, it seems odd to ask a known Christian pastor to pray in a non-Christian manner. It seems like the U.S. has a similar political atmosphere as 1st and 2nd century Rome. Rome was open to religion and gods. They made sure to build shrines and temples to as many as possible so they could be sure to have the gods on their side. However, when the early Christians started making claims that there was only one true God and it was theirs, it was not well received. It led to persecution and martyrdom for many.
It seems like many in the U.S. are now happy to accept any religion except Christianity. What do you think? How do you think Warren should pray? Do you think that Christianity’s claim of being the one true religion and way to God is the reason so many are opposed to Christianity?