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.