Warren Applauds Obama's Invitation to Gay Bishop
Rick Warren complimented Barack Obama's invitation to openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to pray at the inaugural kick off event on Sunday.
“President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground," Warren said in a statement provided to Christianity Today. "I applaud his desire to be the president of every citizen.”
Warren and Obama have continually been taking heat from members of the gay community since it was announced that the California megachurch pastor would give the invocation at the swearing-in ceremony next Tuesday. Robinson was one of the earliest critics, saying "it was like a slap in the face.”
“I’m all for Rick Warren being at the table,” Bishop Robinson told The New York Times, “but we’re not talking about a discussion, we’re talking about putting someone up front and center at what will be the most watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”
"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson said. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation."*angry cat meow*
Notice how Rick Warren is all open and inclusive and welcoming toward Bishop Robinson, full of love and tolerance and open-mindedness, but Bishop Robinson, stuck in his pious churchiness, can't seem to dredge up any goodwill toward his brother in Christ (he can't even fake it!), goes out of his way to say that he knows he won't use a Bible when he makes a public prayer (because, gee, what will the non-Christian neighbors think if I do?), and manages to snipe at Warren publically. Because, y'know, Jesus was all about sniping and making bitch-ass remarks about people who didn't see things quite as he did, right? (WRONG.)
And what's with that "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer" bullshit? It sure sounds like Bishop Robinson is (no pun intended) pulling a Peter. Is he ashamed of Christ? Jesus spoke of people just like this in Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26 -
Mark 8:38: If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.
Luke 9:26: If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
2 Timothy also speaks about this in several passages, particularly chapter 1, verses 8-10:
2 Timothy 1:8-10 - So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
So just why is Bishop Robinson more concerned with the possibility of ruffling a few non-Christian feathers, when he should be rejoicing that he has an unparalleled opportunity to invoke the name of our Lord before such a gigantic world audience?
In Matthew 10:33, Jesus very clearly states - But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
Is the Bishop just plain nuts? Or does he just not recognize that he's being very subtly tempted by the enemy to do the exact opposite of what God has called him to do? He wasn't called by God to put the egos and preferences of non-Christians before anything else.
Dude needs to check himself, seriously, and damn quick, too. He's about to blow one of the greatest opportunities of his life.
If God calls you to the ministry, then you stand up for Him and stand on His word at all times, or you get your sorry butt off the stage. We're in a war here, folks! A war with the forces of darkness in the spiritual realms, and this is 100% real. Talking Heads said it best in their song "Life During Wartime" - This ain't no party/This ain't no disco/This ain't no foolin' around/No time for dancin'/Or lovey-dovey/I ain't got time for that now.
Talk to me.