Obama and Warren

Barack Obama has chosen Rick Warren to offer the invocation at his inauguration. Warren has accepted. I personally believe this gesture is made in good faith on both sides.

One well-respected news blog quipped, "Obama’s invitation to Pastor Warren is the clearest sign yet that when push comes to shove the president-elect will choose smart politics over principle.  In this case, Obama prefers the presence of a symbolic social conservative (a politically astute move) over appealing to the efforts by gay marriage activists to reverse Proposition 8 (a cause in sync with Obama’s stated principles). Could Obama’s motivation have been as simple as the faith and friendship he shares with Pastor Warren? If so, maybe he was preferring principle to politics by ignoring the pressure from the gay marriage lobby."

I think Rick Warren has more to lose than does Obama. Evangelicals are not likely to appreciate his warmth toward someone who holds Obama's views. Yet, other evangelicals may appreciate the olive branch that Obama seems to be offering in his selection of Warren. I myself am appreciative–especially given the heat that Obama is already taking from gay rights activists. 

How about you? Does it even matter?

As always, remember…friendly fire only please.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “Obama and Warren

  1. I think it is a bold and visionary move on Obama’s part. I suppose most decisions by politicians could be called political–and I am sure there were some political motives involved–that is the nature of the game.
    However, I think it shows real leadership and wisdom on Obama’s part. I think it is consistent with his campaign theme to create a bi-partisan way of governing. I think it shows a desire to reach out to those who may not agree with everything he believes–but that he can see the contribution that those he disagrees with offer.
    I don’t say these things because I am an Obama fan. I say them because I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt–since he will by my president in a month. So, we shall see.
    Bruce Archer

  2. Tim, Obama has more differences with Warren than he as agreement. As an ardent supporter and worker for Obama during the year prior to the election His belief was against gay marriage and supported civil unions.
    After all he will be the president of all the people and certainly can’t agree with all facets of all citizens.

  3. I admire Rick Warren as well. No one needs to agree with someone else on every last issue to work together for a greater good. The day we demand complete agreement on every last issue to work together is the day that the ‘ship’ stalls out.
    That has some application for Christians and unity…unity is not uniformity.