Thursday, December 18, 2008

Obama’s Choice of Pastors and the Angry Left.

Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church will deliver the invocation at President-Elect Obama’s inaugural, which is not sitting well with gay and lesbian activists and those who opposed California’s Proposition 8 (Defining Marriage as being between a man and a woman) (The Teachers Union comes to mind). In an article today, The Los Angeles Times , noted that the anger arises because Warren endorsed Proposition 8.

“Goff Kors, executive director of Equality California, a gay rights organization that worked against Proposition 8, called the decision to include Warren in the inauguration ceremony a "slap in the face to millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who donated for, worked for and helped elect Barack Obama president."

Was Mr. Kors not paying attention when Barack Obama noted that he was a Christian? (Understandably, there are different brands of Christianity, but those that have developed a quasi-acceptance of non-Biblical practices, from a Catholic-Evangelical point of view, cannot seriously be considered “Christian”) It is traditional that an invocation occurs at the Presidents inaugurations; - also the stance of the majority of Christian Church Leaders against Gay Marriage and Abortion (we’ll address that shortly) is also known. Therefore, the President-Elect would be hard-pressed to find one that did support Marriage defined as anything but between a man and a woman. (He did) Additionally, lending support to a campaign does not automatically mean that every single left (or right for that matter) group will be allowed to foist their agenda on that elected official.

All that aside, what is most interesting in this article is the closing, where the Times talks about an earlier interview with Mr. Obama, where he was asked about his current spiritual leaders:

“Obama answered a question about his current spiritual advisor by telling reporters he had found inspiration in a "prayer circle" of supportive clergy leaders who include Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Dallas-based mega-church the Potter's House, the Rev. Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Warren.”

T.D. Jakes,, who supports gay marriage, Rev. Joseph Lowery (who co-founded the Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King and will also pray at the Inauguration and supports Gay rights and finally Rick Warren who is one of the most celebrated American Christian Leaders and takes a hard line on both Marriage and Abortion. (T.D. Jakes, abortion support undefined, Lowery, pro-abortion. Therefore, as long as Obama associates with Pastors that approve of both Gay Marriage and abortion, the left is happy. Obama’s inclusion of Warren has sent them into a spasm (never mind his Cabinet choices!) and Obama’s choice of Warren to lead the invocation may speak volumes. Obama could easily have given that post to either of the aforementioned “spiritual advisors”, yet, he chose Warren. It will be interesting, indeed, to watch the development of the relationship between Mr. Obama and these three men over the course of the next four years.


Jimmy Lewis said...

It has been estimated that 82% of Americans today claim themselves to be "Christian" ... taking into account those, as you put it, 'that have developed a quasi-acceptance of non-Biblical practices', then that percentage decreases ... but really not by all that much.

For some strange reason, those of the ultra-minority, along with their agendas (based largely in part from far left loons and the media) have been somehow convinced that THEY are the majority ... or atleast equal.

With Obama splitting the middle (and amazingly it appears he may be teetering to the right on some issues), his concerns rests with the heart of America (we can only pray this to be so).

To these misguided folks that are now growing angry at Obama ... I say to you that this Christmas (oh excuse me ... what I meant to say was) ... this holiday season, take a portion of your money that may have been intended to purchase a gift for someone, and buy a clue.

Quotes from two great Americans come to mind:

1. Abraham Lincoln (I can't quote him enough):

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

2. Bill Cosby (If only these minorities, as well as his own black community (as a whole), would listen to this great man):

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everybody.”

Chuck said...

Tina, I posted on this today. Can you imagine how liberal a Pastor would have to be to be suported by all on the left? Scary

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