Apparently People Didn’t get the Memo

It’s doesn’t seem to matter to folks that a wide swath of people voted for President-Elect Obama in the presidential election – some folks seem to have seen it as a mandate on who can and cannot participate publically in his inauguration.  The announcement of Rick Warren as the pastor giving the invocation is creating a stink.  Sigh.

Look, I’m not the biggest Rick Warren fan.  I respect a number of things he’s done and is doing.  When  The Purpose Driven Life became a runaway best-seller Rick Warren paid his church back all the salary he had ever been given, and to this day doesn’t take a salary from the Church (he also has kept his lifestyle at the same level it was before he made an insane amount of money).  Pastor Warren has also become heavily involved in combatting the AIDS pandemic, even though many Evangelicals still see AIDS as a non-issue.  He has also been soundly condemed by true Evangelicals™ for having people from the “wrong” political beliefs come to his church to speak on various issues.  For all these things I do respect Pastor Warren.

Yet, I’m not a “fan.”  Cedar Ridge has replaced Willow Creek as the lastest generator of Evangelical™ fads, and the two books I’ve read from him have left me wondering, “Is this as deep as we can get, really?”  I know his books have a lot of advocates, but even as primers for Spirituality they leave a lot to be desired (that’s another post).  I also don’t think that his comments that have been quoted on Proposition 8 were ridiculously bad and people have every right to question him on it.

Still, after the ways that Pastor Warren has been able to set aside the culture war mentality to work with people he has “issues” with, it would be nice to see the favor returned by people towards him.  Alas, that’s not happening – Pastor Warren’s been being cast as a hateful fear-mongerer by those who seem to think President-elect Obama’s election was a “victory, ” rather than an armastice, in the culture wars.  Thankfully, thus far, the President-elect doesn’t seem to have gotten that memo.



  1. Jamison says:

    Just heard an article on NPR this morning about how the gay/lesbian community is outraged by this. Just seems silly. The guy gets to stand up and offer a very short prayer and it’s a national crisis.

  2. coffeezombie says:

    Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain
    The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers took counsel
    together, against the Lord, and against his Christ, saying,
    Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their yoke
    from us.

  3. jimgetz says:

    I think it has less to do with the culture war and more to do with Warren’s book having been on the NYT’s bestseller list and his quotes’ on Starbucks cups….

  4. wezlo says:

    So it’s really the people who don’t like Starbucks coffee that are upset?

  5. eliana says:

    I agree, the outrage over this is absurd.

  6. John says:

    I’m not outraged or overly “upset” (I’m too apathetic for that…) but it does seem like a stupid choice, IMO. Warren represents nearly everything about American Christianity that makes me want to vomit.

    One thing I can say: THANK GOD HE DIDN’T CHOOSE DOBSON.

  7. Cathi says:

    ya know, politics just suck. No matter what you do, it becomes a political controversy. Rick Warren is not my most favorite preacher, can’t say I stand with him on some of his political sentiments. But he is a godly man, has raised awareness to unsaved people about the Lord, and lets face it, there have got to be lots of good people who attend that mega church. So like Jamison said, he gets to stand up and offer a short prayer. It’s absolutely silly the fuss people will make over rather trivia events. You can’t always have your way. And isn’t one of the things Obama is about is compromise, bipatrisan agreement, and finding the path the most people can live with?

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