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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rick Warren Invocation: good idea for whom?


I just spent the last hour watching CNN analyze the rightness, wrongness, foolishness and wiseness of Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration of President-elect Obama. The left argues it's a terrible mistake, allowing an evangelical, non-tolerant voice on the platform. The voices on the right argue that it's a terrible mistake for Warren to align himself with someone with whom he disagrees on a number of key issues (abortion and gay marriage). And the moderate voices say that this is exactly what the country needs; a modeling convicted civility, agreeing to disagree yet be part of the same United States.
Would I bring the invocation for the inauguration of an extremely conservative or liberal person? Absolutely yes! The invocation is not for the President, the big-wigs, the press or the watching clergy. The invocation is for God and to God. The audience is one: God. I'll talk to God gladly any time in front of any audience. I've done it in front of fraternal orders and civic groups. I've done it for policeman and firemen, military and pacifists. I've delivered an invocation for a retired submarine (USS SIlversides) and the opening of a swimming pool (Japan). Go talk to God Rick!

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At 11:19 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Amen, Donn!!! I'm right there with ya! :)

 
At 12:55 PM , Anonymous tim said...

Of all the commentaries I've been hearing and reading, you nailed it the best. Prayer is always to "an audience of one." When we lose sight of that it get politicized (even into congregational politics) or trivialized (Eugene Peterson's depiction of it being treated as a "starting pistol" just to get things rolling). Great insight.

 

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