The Lord is One?

“The Scripture tells us, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.” 

Many of you know that Rick Warren is the author of the acclaimed Purpose Driven Life, and is also the pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  His book has taken the evangelical Christian community by storm and is used in thousands of churches nationwide.  His  influence in the Christian community is most likely the determining factor in President Obama’s choice of him to give the opening prayer at the ceremony today.  It was a very wise move for our new leader — a choice that supports his all-inclusive platform right off the bat.  For a liberal Democrat to choose a conservative, anti-gay, evangelical pastor to give a prayer is certainly a bold step.  I think we will find this ‘boldness’ even more evident as time goes on.

Rick Warren’s prayer was above reproach in my assessment by Biblical standards.  My greatest qualm was that he would not finish the prayer in Jesus’ name — a hope of many of the leftists present at the inauguration.  Unfortunately for them, they heard four different versions of Christ’s title before the Amen — so if they happened to be bilingual, they were doubly blessed. 

I watched a heated debate on C-SPAN among a feminist liberal, a tolerant Democrat and what seemed to be a Republican (can’t really tell; I forgot my microscope) and the outcry against Rick Warren’s then-pending prayer was of high velocity and vitriol.  The greatest contention was that Rick Warren was ‘intolerant’ of gays, using a religious platform to support this view.  For Obama to invite such a man to pray at his inauguration seemed like a ‘mistake’, for it undermines the very people who so wholeheartedly support him. 

The hilarity of this, to me, is that as much as the liberals love their leader many don’t even understand his tactics in asking Warren to pray.  They proclaim “oneness” while immediately turning around to tolerantly exclude any semblance of Christianity from their presence.  President Obama has more smarts than those who voted him in, which is extremely fortunate for the nation in one sense while extremely unfortunate, and unnerving, in another. 

We shall see if the evangelicals are wooed by our new president’s open arms, or if they will stay devoted to their first love.  I just hope Rick Warren isn’t the matchmaker in between.

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