Pastor Rick Warren’s National Heresy

Perhaps the first thing that came to the minds of many who heard Reverend Rick Warren's named to lead the inaugural prayer for President-elect Barrack Obama was “graciousness.” Perhaps the most important moments of the early campaign occurred in Reverend Warren's church when the President Elect sat before religious conservatives and shared his views on a variety of issues relevant to all Americans. Besides bravely putting aside the notion that he would govern according to the view of his longtime Chicago pastor by going to church with the Republicans also, the open, honest forum was one of the only bright spots in John McCain's campaign. President-elect Obama's acknowledgment of Reverend Warren was an olive branch to an entire spectrum of the electorate that has fundamental disagreements with the future 44th President of the United States. In that recognition of Obama's graciousness, one is naturally drawn to appreciate a religious figure who held honest policy differences with a powerful political figure and yet remained on friendly terms. Reverend Warrens' ability to transcend narrowly held political ideologies in view of the larger human concerns was only echoed by President-elect Obama's request for the man to lead an the inaugural prayer.

If President Bush, in retrospect, bemoans his attempt at raising the tone of political discourse in Washington as a failure, he was perhaps, premature. Then again, perhaps not. Within a heartbeat of Barrack Obama's magnanimous gesture, gay right activists were doing everything but burning crosses on Warren's church lawn in order to brand the clergyman as a bigot. Likewise, with equal intolerance, they complained bitterly that the president-elect had chosen a person to pray who did not represent “all Americans.” One must assume that these groups would never pray with Reverend Warren, no matter how graciously he extended the invitation. However, the reason for their refusal is Reverend Warren's intolerance. This is the continuing lie propounded by the gay marriage crowd. If you don't endorse gay marriage, you are a homophobe bigot. In general, any group that insists that men and women pretend that others are married so that they feel “included” must be selfish to the core. This was once again plainly shown by the invidious bile spewed in President-elect Obama's face by gay activist groups that are self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and harshly intolerant of the views of others.

These activists are plainly not victims. The precursor to all persecution is to establish the sinfulness of one's opponent's position. If you have and extreme disagreement with your opponent's doctrinal position, you demonize the opposition and attack his or her credibility. After one's credibility has been diminished and your opponent isolated, the persecutions begin. No one is persecuting homosexuals in 21st century America; however, the left is endeavoring to demonize those whose views on choice and matrimony they disagree with. The result would be to brand certain religious beliefs as a national heresy.

The far left groups are, on a personal level, trying to injure Reverend Warren and his standing, not only in terms of his political views, but as a spiritual person. This should be off the table and not part of the discussion. Reverend Warren may disagree with some on the left in a political sense, but Pastor Warren's right to pray or lead prayer in a land were religious freedom is our most precious inheritance should never be impinged. President-elect Obama is correct, Reverend Warren's spirituality and his standing as person whose religious values are sincere should be off the table when it comes to inauguration politics.


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