I recently wrote a blog-post called How To Express Your Faith Without Losing Your Friend in which I tried to find the edges in various ways people (“Red” and “Blue” people) can legitimately express the Gospel in different ways without compromising the message. I’m a big fan of realizing that being different does not necessarily mean being wrong. In this blog, I use Rick Warren and a speech he gave to Muslims as an example. Although I didn’t endorse his comments and thought he needed to be very careful in his trajectory; I did think maybe he is still on solid ground just trying to create a dialogue that I don’t realize since the reference point I have is seen through an editors lens.
However, now I read that the Pastor Warren issued a statement yesterday praising president-elect Obama for selecting V. Gene Robinson – the homosexual Episcopal bishop who is also scheduled to give the invocation at the inaugural opening ceremony at the Sunday afternoon concert on the Mall. Pastor Warren said, (regarding the choice of Robinson),
[President-elect Obama] “has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground. I applaud his desire to be the president of every citizen.” (emphasis mine)
So, I ask, is Mr. Warren playing the political game by undercutting the Homosexual venom by making this statement? Maybe he is just playing word-games by citing “his desire to be president of every citizen.” Maybe this is a strategic move to become more inclusive in order to reach more people with the Gospel. I’m curious as to what you think could possible be the reason for the posture of Pastor Warren in issuing this statement?
BTW. This cycle of political blogs grew out of a observation that Obama was now in the second stage of his campaign cycle; a place where he is now forced to be as inclusive as possible if he was going to start his presidency with any allegiance to his campaign promise of “Change.” However, always remember that leadership without a particular vision that is, by its very definition, exclusive is not true leadership at all. If leadership does not hold this tension (some decisions will create deep and sharp conflict) then, at some point, it is doomed to never accomplish anything of real substance. I wonder how long everyone can be equally right and championed by our new President.