Obama, Rick Warren, and Tolerance?

Inauguration Program

Obama announced that Rick Warren will give the invocation at his inauguration.

The announcement was met with a firestorm of criticism from the gay and lesbian community.

The published reasons were…

“”We feel a deep level of disrespect when one of the architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination,”

“By inviting Rick Warren to your inauguration, you have tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place at your table,”

They are essentially saying Obama is not free to have someone pray for him, who does not agree with  them!  

Why do we as human beings have such a great pension for this kind of blind hypocrisy.  When Joel Hunter prayed at the DNC, he was overwhelmingly criticized by the evangelical community…now when Rick Warren is asked to pray at the inauguration, the gay community chimes in.

This is the under belly of the “tolerance” argument.  Tolerance means, I am right and you are wrong, agree with me, and if you do not, you are intolerant.  When the shoe is on the other foot, no such accommodation is given.  

When Rick Warren reached out to Obama AND McCain, interviewing both candidates, and going to great lengths to show neutrality, he was killed by both sides.  The scrutiny placed on him would have never been accepted if that same scrutiny were placed on those who oppose his views.

“Tolerance” is a loaded deck. 

The expectation that the church will ever be offered the same “tolerance” that it is required to give is simply a pipe dream.  It is not going to happen.   

I heard someone say that “tolerance is a cheap version of grace”.  The church was never meant to show tolerance…it was meant to show grace.  The real deal, without strings, or trap doors.  Grace is the “best foot forward” of the church.  We must not expect tolerance, but we must offer grace.  It is a city on the hill, and a light from a candle.  When we attempt to practice “tolerance” we put our light under a bushel.  

The idea of tolerance as we see it in our society is fake, cheap, and one sided.  

Let’s put it aside and strive to offer the grace we received and claim.

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2 responses to “Obama, Rick Warren, and Tolerance?

  1. Jon King

    i have some words for that, they start with b. and s.

  2. Jon King

    In the view of his critics on the left, Obama–once rated the most liberal member of the Senate–is reinventing himself as a pragmatic moderate as he prepares to take office and is making what some liberals see as foolish decisions in an effort to broaden his appeal.

    These critics reacted sharply when he selected a gay-marriage opponent, the Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, to give the invocation at the inauguration. One of the milder rebukes came from Kathryn Kolbert, president of the liberal group People for the American Way, who expressed “grave disappointment” over the president-elect’s choice.
    hey, i found this from a link on relevants site. i thought it was good and worth passing to ya.

    The angry buzz from liberals got so loud that Obama’s deputy national campaign manager was compelled to scold left-wing Democrats for drawing critical conclusions about appointees, among them, a surprising number of Clinton administration veterans. “After all, he was elected to be the president of all the people-not just those on the left,” Steve Hildebrand wrote on Huffington Post, a popular liberal website.

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