Why Rick Warren @ the Inauguration is classic Obama.

Via on Dec 30, 2008

  

I just received the below in my inbox.

All I can say is, Wow.

You know Obama’s doing something right when you’re putting a fairly broad-minded, generous if conventionally bigoted evangelical in a position where you’re offending the hard-right (see below)…

…Bill Keller, the world’s leading internet evangelist and founder of Liveprayer.com, lambasted Pastor Rick Warren – author of The Purpose Driven Life – for giving President-elect Barack Hussein Obama credibility by agreeing to deliver the invocation…Keller finds it ironic that the homosexual community is so upset with Warren giving the invocation. While Pastor Warren supported Proposition 8, his backing came just days before the election, after he was shamed into it by those brave men and women who championed that stand in California for God’s holy institution of marriage…

and the progressive left, forcing both to do that disagreeable thing called ‘disagreeing without being disagreeable.’

Fact is, this country is split on the ‘issue’ of Gay Rights vs. what the Bible says is right and proper. Fact is, it’s really about Civil Rights—and history is on the side of those wanting to extend Civil Rights to all. Fact is, Warren’s choice undermines the already weakening power of hardline bigots in the Evangelical Church, returning Christianity—if only by a small, compromised step—toward something that most Americans can relate to.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

 

Why Pastor Rick Warren Shouldn’t Deliver Obama’s Inaugural Invocation?

RICK WARREN: A POSTER CHILD FOR COMPROMISE

 

Los Angeles, CA- Bill Keller, the world’s leading internet evangelist and founder of Liveprayer.com, lambasted Pastor Rick Warren – author of The Purpose Driven Life – for giving President-elect Barack Hussein Obama credibility by agreeing to deliver the invocation at Obama’s upcoming inauguration.

In his Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Daily Devotional – read by over 2.4 million opt-in subscribers – Keller states that the only way Warren should appear is to pray for this nation to turn back to the God of the Bible, condemn this culture of death and all who support it, proclaim that God’s plan in the Bible for marriage and family is the foundation of our culture,and invite President-elect Obama and all who do not know Jesus to ask the Lord to forgive their sins, and accept him as their personal savior. 
Keller finds it ironic that the homosexual community is so upset with Warren giving the invocation. While Pastor Warren supported Proposition 8, his backing came just days before the election, after he was shamed into it by those brave men and women who championed that stand in California for God’s holy institution of marriage.
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In August, Keller spoke out on the hypocrisy of Warren hosting the presidential debate at his suburban Los Angeles Saddleback Church. The event was co-sponsored by the liberal social justice group Faith in Public Life, whose board president, Meg Riley, is a Unitarian Universalism minister who previously ran the denomination’s homosexual advocacy office.
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Keller says that Warren’s compromise and questionable associations are all part of his desire to pursue a global social agenda. Keller supports the social issues Warren seeks to champion, but not at the expense of compromising the Gospel, and laying aside Bible absolutes.
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“For Pastor Rick Warren to bless and give the invocation at the upcoming inauguration for a man who will help ensure millions of babies around the world are slaughtered – and force U.S. taxpayers to fund this legalized infanticide – is no different than if Adolph Hitler had asked Warren to give the blessing and invocation when he became Chancellor of Germany,” laments Keller.
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ABOUT BILL KELLER: The news media has crowned Pastor Bill Keller the next big thing in mass media religion. Keller is the host of Live Prayer with Bill Keller, the nation’s only live call-in faith and values-based program airing exclusively on the internet. Live Prayer deals head-on with issues ranging from divorce, homosexuality, abortion, sexual abuse,pornography, drug addiction, radical Islam, race relations, spousal abuse, false prophets and more, from a conservative, biblical world-view. Unscripted and unedited, Live Prayer is a fresh and totally spontaneous approach to problem solving. The program can be seen live,Monday through Friday from 10 PM to 11 PM EST, and 24/7 through programs archived on LivePrayer.com.
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MORE ABOUT LIVEPRAYER.COMIn1999, Keller launched LivePrayer.com, which has become the most successful online faith outreach in history. Since its inception,LivePrayer.com has responded personally to more than 60 million online requests for prayer. Additionally, Keller’s Live Prayer devotional is received daily by over 2.4 million email subscribers, making Keller’s devotional one of the most read e-communications in the world. For information on where to watch Live Prayer in your area, visit http://www.liveprayer.com/.

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3 Responses to “Why Rick Warren @ the Inauguration is classic Obama.”

  1. Henry Schliff Henry Schliff says:

    Too much division already in this country. Not knowing the issue that well it strikes me that Obama is selecting a speaker (Warren) who is leaning from the right towards the center. If we encourage such compromise we move closer to common ground and avoid alienating too many people. It may even draw a few more supporters for more progressive action. Thanks for the post.

  2. Great post, Way. I must say, though, that I’m not convinced Warren isn’t one of the hardliners–I think it’s just that his PR machine has successfully created an image to the contrary. It seems to me that the upset among evangelicals like Keller is really about Warren’s mere willingness to stand on a stage with Obama (even as he represents their point of view). It’s not about what Warren represents; it’s about the fact that his presence at the inauguration might sway evangelicals away from the GOP. As Keller says, Warren’s presence will probably give Obama “credibility” among many evangelicals. To put it bluntly, I think what’s behind the outrage of the Kellers of the world is that they don’t want any of their own up there making it seem like they approve of an Obama Presidency.

    Back to the President-Elect for a moment: I think it would be classic Obama to include Warren in larger conversations about issues in the country, and I hope he does that…but that’s not quite what’s happening here. As Frank Rich (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/opinion/28rich.html) said in his recent op-ed on the choice of Warren as invocation speaker, “…There’s a difference between including Warren among the cacophony of voices weighing in on policy and anointing him as the inaugural’s de facto pope.” And, to paraphrase the Human Rights Campaign’s Joe Solmonese (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/12/19/ST2008121902592.html), Obama wouldn’t dare put, say, an anti-Semite in such a role in the name of “disagreeing without being disagreeable.” I wish President-Elect Obama great luck in his efforts to bridge divides in our country, and he has my support in that–but I think should also remember that he has a mandate to do things like stand up for the LGBTQI community and say, “Bigotry won’t result in your getting invited to be our mouthpiece to the divine on inauguration day.”

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