The progressive uproar over President-Elect Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to do the invocation at the Inauguration shows why we are seen as kooks by so many and will remain so unless we change.
Now let me say my bias at the outset, I would have preferred that President-Elect Obama had chosen Rev. Jeremiah Wright to do the invocation as a way of healing the rift in that relationship, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
But, my progressive friends, this is a PRAYER. This is not an appointment to a commission or a place in the government. Get over it!
Yes….Rick Warren supported Prop. 8, but it seems like a lot of people supported Prop. 8 or it wouldn’t have passed. Yes….Rick Warren is anti-choice, but so are a lot of other people. Yet this is the same Rick Warren that has done so much to help those with AIDS on the continent of Africa and spoken out about the genocide in Darfur. Saddleback also has many community programs that do good in So. California. When did progressives stop understanding that people are truly multifaceted? That they can hold beliefs that cross ends of the spectrum?
Have progressives learned nothing from the Civil Rights Movement? If nothing else should have been learned then this should have been….you have to start where people are; not where you hope they were. If you continue to demonize those who oppose you then you won’t get anywhere. Only by talking and genuine listening do things change.
Now what’s better……a Rick Warren that religious progressives can sit down and talk with or a Rick Warren who fights you on every turn no matter what he thinks or believes on an issue? When President-Elect Obama said that he wanted to be the President of the United States, what did you think that meant; only the part of the U.S. that agreed with him? Or that he was truly interested in having dialogue with people from all sides of an issue?
Cut the President-Elect a break, this is a PRAYER. As the President-Elect has said, “You can disagree without being disagreeable.”