You would think that as a
Christian I'd be pleased that Pastor Rick Warren has been invited to
give the invocation prayer at the inauguration of Barak Obama. Some
Christian leaders appear thrilled. Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., of the
High Impact Leadership Coalition called Obama's decision "appropriate"
"Rick Warren has become the next generation's Billy Graham."
Considering Obama's twenty year association with the likes of
Rev. Jeremiah Wright, many would see Warren's participation as real
progress. Indeed, I would love to be more positive and less cynical on
this - but I'm not. Homosexual activists are opposed to Warren's
participation in the upcoming inauguration and so am I, except for
vastly different reasons. While Rick Warren is indeed a dubiously good
fit to take part in the event, biblical Christians shouldn't be thrilled
to identify with him. So here are some thoughts on why we need to
continue to be leery of Rick Warren and why - if he is indeed who he
wants us to believe he is - Warren should have rejected Obama's offer.
First, it's hard to get
beyond the very reason that we all know the name Rick Warren - The
Purpose Driven Life. I have written extensively about the
problems of the PDL such as Warren's failure to include repentance
as a prerequisite for true salvation and his omission of the fact that
all Christians are engaged in a very real spiritual war with a personal
and viable adversary, etc. While I applaud some of the recent statements
made by Dr. Warren and as much as I'd like to be more charitable, we are
sadly stuck with numerous
incomplete and sometimes overtly heretical positions taken in his 20
million+ bestseller. Unless Warren clearly recants of some of the things
he has asserted, biblical thinkers must carefully view everything he
says and does with a grain of (biblical) salt. Without substantial
change any future kudos we might want to give him will always be clouded
by past faux pas. At this late date it would truly be a miracle for Rick
Warren to admit to any practical or theological problems with the PDL
book or philosophy, but I for one am still praying that the most visible
Christian in our world would also become an orthodox one.
Next, Rick Warren is a proud
member of globally minded groups such as the World Economic Forum
and the Council on Foreign Relations - unquestionably the USA's
most prominent think tank pushing "New World Order" philosophy. Not long
ago he went so far as to use a WEF meeting in Switzerland to announce
that "The future of
the world is not secularism. It is religious pluralism." Besides
affirming his new identity as a card-carrying globalist, Warren's
statements sounded much more like that of a Universalist than an
evangelistically minded bible-believer concerned for the eternity of
men's souls. These are just a few of the reasons why I and other
concerned Christian pastors, writers and commentators aren't buying
Warren's perceived warming on issues that Scripturally minded folk
rightfully hold dear. Though he may get it right occasionally, Warren's
recent conservative concessions could easily be construed as calculated
moves which only serve to add to the already confused state of
Evangelical thinking. As I said, Rick Warren IS a perfect
fit to join in Obama's inauguration. Both his questionable theology and
globalist worldview seem to coincide with the incoming administration.
To Pray or Not to Pray
We indeed need to pray for
God's intervention in the affairs of government (I Timothy 2:1-4). But
how can any authentic Christian ask God to bless Obama and his
cohorts knowing what his announced intentions are once in office? It
seems to me that the Prophets of old would have rejected any thought of
participating in the coronation of a ruler bent on sacrificing innocents
on a demon altar or giving favored status to the perverted. While it
would appear that Barak Obama is on track to have much in common with
the likes of Ahab and Pharaoh, is it not obvious that Rick Warren has
little in common with names like Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel?
These brave men didn't seek the accolades of kings or their courts. They
didn't care about public perception or their personal standing in the
media or the polls. Instead, they were determined to do what was right.
And even if it meant death, pleasing God and not men was their
objective. (Daniel 3, 6) While Daniel and the three Hebrews valiantly
rejected endorsing evil kings, Rick Warren's appearance in Washington
next month will simply give credence to Barak Obama.
Warren - the Willing
I believe that Obama's
choice of Warren to pray at the inauguration is in itself aimed at
neutralizing a portion of his most vocal and powerful foe - authentic,
bible-believing Christians. It's the old story of courting your enemy.
How can we commend Obama for choosing Warren when the President-elect is
surely going to continue to support the sodomites, abortion on demand,
tax hikes, the global warming farce, liberal judgeships and just about
every anti-Christian and anti-conservative cause? Doesn't anyone see
what is going on here? Instead, how powerful it would have been
for Warren to have boldly rejected taking part in the inauguration of a
man and an administration that is poised to take America in a direction
so dogmatically opposed to biblical principals. But then we
are talking about Rick Warren, who at the last possible
moment figured that siding with conservatives over California's
Proposition 8 (which upheld traditional marriage) was better than
offending his base. This development in itself makes Obama's invitation
even more curious - unless we understand the Obama political playbook
and the double-mindedness of Rick Warren.
Does anyone honestly believe
that when it comes to appointing Federal judges that Obama is going to
consult Rick Warren, let alone any biblically consistent Christian
leader? Obama wants his cake and wants to devour his opposition too. No
matter what Warren may say in the invocation prayer (even if he somehow
slips in Jesus' name), it will be but a political tool in the hands of
Obama. As much as they may squawk over Warren's inclusion at the
inauguration, Obama knows his gay-lesbian base isn't going to suddenly
become conservative and leave him. However, he would certainly like to
make his Christian opposition appear silly and out of step in light of
Warren's inclusion in the affairs of January 20, 2009. Is it hard to
imagine being reminded of Obama's choice of Rick Warren in future 2012
campaign ads aimed at attracting naive Evangelical voters?
As recently as December 23rd
(2008) Warren was on the Fox News Channel defending his decision to
support the Prop. 8 initiative and his participation in the upcoming
inauguration. He spoke of how he was just going to love those who oppose
him. While love is indeed the right position to take, there is a vast
difference between expressing biblical forgiveness for a homosexual
activist and consorting with a leader whose political platform can only
be called blasphemous. It is frankly despicable to envision Rick Warren
up there praying and pretending that God is somehow willing to work with
what Obama clearly stands for. While other high profile Christians have
participated in inaugurations past, before any Christians jumps aboard
with Barak Obama they should examine just who's coat tails - and past
history they are riding on.
The hard truth is that
America has elected the man who, as chairman of the Senate Health and
Human Services Committee, almost single handedly railroaded through the
Illinois state legislature the most
extreme partial birth
abortion bill ever conceived of in our nation's history. This 2003
law allowed babies intended for abortion to suffer and die outside
the womb without medical attention if they somehow survived the
procedure! What kind of a person would engineer a bill containing such
sickening evil? If only for this, how does one muster any respect for
Obama or call him "my President?" More so, how can a high profile pastor
justify aiding and abetting a politician like Obama whose track record
includes something so heinous? God help us that any "Christian" leader
would help legitimize such a man!
Let the lines be redrawn and
make them crystal clear. The Scriptures clearly deem some kings as
"righteous" and others as "evil." Enough with trying to appease all
sides. We must ask God to raise up an army of men and women cut from the
cloth and character of men like A.W. Tozer, Billy Sunday and D. James
Kennedy. Next, we need to pray for God to endue them with the courage to
call some in the Church to repent of the self-centered "Purpose Driven"
agendas that have been popularized while Satan has had his way in our
land. We then need to humbly ask God to forgive America for electing a
President and a Congress who are determined to appoint godless judges,
are predisposed on keeping abortion mills operating and who want to give
gays minority status. Obama, and all who lead us, need to be boldly and
publically confronted - not comforted and America needs to
know that REAL Christians reject religious charlatans and find no
compromise with politicians who legislate wickedness.
"Lord, please plant a hook firmly in Obama's nose that he and those in
the Congress, state houses and courts be turned in such a way as to do
Heaven's bidding. Have Your way in our nation. Bring us peace, keep us
free and forgive our sins. Father, bring our leaders to repentance and
either save them or sovereignly remove them from positions of power, in
Jesus' name. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus."
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own
eyes, and prudent in their own sight. - Isaiah 5:20-21
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the
wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. - Proverbs 29:2
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there
shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable
heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction. - II Peter 2:1
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