Any strange, weird, or bizarre union or alliance is, to my friend, “Odder than a three dollar bill.”
Rick Warren is an evangelical minister that does not believe in same sex marriage. In fact, he fights against it and believes that God and the bible are on his side.
President-elect Barack Obama has been considered a friend to the gay community and most said he’s support gay marriage and the rights of gay men and women to live as married people.
Now, Mr. Obama has chosen Mr. (Reverend) Warren to pray at his inauguration: to give the invocation.
An ivocation is an asking or a calling. An invocation is normally an asking that God will come into an event, a group and/or a person.
Gays may wonder: if Barack Obama is calling on Pastor warren to invoke God to enter the Obama inauguration; and Rick Warren’s God doesn’t believe in gays, the gay lifestyle or gay marriage, where does that leave them? Will Rick Warren’s God condemn them?
Weirder than a three dollar bill.
Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California is pictured in September 2008. Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of the conservative evangelical pastor to deliver a religious invocation at his January 20 presidential inauguration ceremony. AFP
(CNN) — Rick Warren — the man at the center of an inaugural firestorm — has built his career on an uncontroversial reputation.
The irony of the furor over Warren’s selection to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony is that the California minister first drew notice for his determination to expand the evangelical agenda beyond hot-button social issues like opposition to same-sex marriage.
Warren has been described as the next Billy Graham, an evangelical leader with a moderate reputation and mass-market appeal — although instead of massive open-air rallies and an out-sized television presence, Warren focused on forging partnerships with unlikely allies working to protect the environment and fight AIDS.
As a pioneer of the mega-church movement, Warren looked to translate traditional evangelical messages for a wider audience. He penned “The Purpose-Driven Life,” a spiritually based self-help guide that brought mainstream best-seller status to a muted religious message.
Above: President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.
In his model, everyday concerns were a top priority: Attendees at his Saddleback Church — now more than 20,000 strong — could expect free classes on home finance, or assistance with child care needs.
Warren urged ministers to adopt a Madison Avenue approach: to super-charge the growth of congregations by fine-tuning their pitch for the “un-churched.” He released bullet-point sermons with crossover potential, along with material to help churchgoers follow along. The church atmosphere he called for was a relaxed one, with dressed-down ministers leading services in nontraditional venues, featuring easy-listening music chosen with younger listeners in mind.