Rick Warren praying on inauguration day?! OH NO!!!
Dear Christian church,
I have been sad to see, as of late, a new headline for you to complain endlessly about, so as to continue perpetuating the image of childishness and sheer hypocrisy so closely associated with fundamental Christianity! But I must say that I am not in the least surprised seeing as how every other issue that involves your faith is dealt with so defensively. What am I talking about? You may ask. Rick Warren praying at the inauguration this month.
First of all I want to know why you would criticize a godly pastor/leader for participating in a monumental occasion such as the inauguration of our nations first black president. Is your anger stemming from Warren praying at the inauguration of a democrat, who believes in issues you take issue with (I.e. abortion, gay rights, etc…)? Or is it simply because he’s praying at the inauguration of a black man? I think it’s probably both! My question to you is simple. Isn’t there a biblical precedent for godly men serving pagan leaders? The prophets, Joseph, etc, were all responsible for bringing perspective and honor to the men sitting on the throne no matter what faith the man claimed to be a part of.
Also, I’ve heard talk of Warren being negatively attacked because he’s spoken at a Muslim conference. How is that a bad thing? Was not Paul asked to speak at the Areopagus (Acts 17)? What we as Christians offer in speaking about the gospel, are universal ideals that people seek out. Love, peace, freedom, and knowledge of our Father God, these things are desired by many outside of the Christian faith. Is it wrong then to answer their questions regarding our beliefs? NO! I Peter 3:15 says we are to give an account, “…gentleness and respect.” Could this verse actually mean that we are to show respect to others when we are sharing our faith? Certainly! Being asked to speak at any function, from atheist to inauguration, should be looked upon in light of I Peter 3:15 by the Christian, and common sense by everyone else!
Lastly oh Christians… Hear me now! You harp on the fact that the founding fathers founded this country in a certain way and we should adhere to that fact staunchly. Might I offer the simple answer that the way they did things is not necessarily the way we should do them now? They owned slaves. Should we? This country is founded on the principle of freedom, and that includes freedom of religion. Lose the sense of entitlement people! A Muslim or atheist should have the same ability to become president as a Christian. Some of you even believe Barack to be one, even though his first event as president is a prayer breakfast… Guys, this pettiness has got to stop! You may think you are right, but that doesn’t mean you have the right to infringe on other’s personal rights. And STOP criticizing the man you would have bought “purpose driven” toilet paper from six months ago, even! What a joke!
I urge you… Just because we are considered to be “the sheep” of Jesus, doesn’t mean we need to be sheep to everyone else. Stop being sheep! BAAAHHHHH!!!!! Start thinking for yourselves. Read your word, and test what you’ve been told. We the people, are the true church. Not buildings, not religions. We are! Live it.