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December 17, 2008

Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration

Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback Church, will give the invocation at Barack Obama’s inaugural swearing-in ceremony on January 20.

The benediction will be given by Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, dean of the civil rights movement and co-founder with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Obama will be the first president since Harry Truman not to have a close relationship with evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham told CT last month that although his father is praying for and would like to meet Obama, his role as counselor is ending. Could Rick Warren fill that role?

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This is no surprise. Just another reason why the world discounts Christianity. Just being on the same platform that day is an endorsement for Obama. Maybe "his" church is fine with this, but the rest of the Evangelical world sees this as just another example of the Christianity "Lite" that this man preaches. God help us.

I wrote both Rick Warren and Obama transition blog
As an openly gay donor to Obama campaign the news of Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inaugeral ,is election night deja vu, all over again. Gays and Lesbians were celebrating with all the rest of America the Obama victory, then at 11pm we get a shiv shoved in our back with prop 8. Rick Warren and the LDS elders were the MAIN SUPPORTERS which attacked LGBT families in CA, making us the ONE minority not covered by the equal protection clause.
I hope EVERY queer and our friends attending the Inaugeral, TURNS THEIR BACK to Rick Warren, a salute of a single finger wouldn't hurt ...either.
I am so disappointed the president to Bring America TOGETHER, chooses to tear us apart at his FIRST oppurtunity.


CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE...what's this WE crud?

Disappointing. Rick Warren walks on both sides of the street now. Quite the businessman. Please, please, don't put him on equal ground with Billy Graham.

I can't believe Barack Obama would choose this divisive hate-monger to give the prayer at his inauguration. Any one of thousands of ministers who respect the gay community could have been asked by those planning the event, but they choose this Neanderthal. What is the message Obama hopes to send to the Gay Community?? I thought we were voting for change we could believe in, but it already looks like more of the same.

Really disappointed!! What a slap in the face for those of us who worked so hard during the campaign!

For me it's simple but worrisome. I "get" Obama's effort at inaugural diverstiy. I do not "get" Rick Warren's resistance to equality for gay people. I hope God works His will through this debate without too much vitriol or harm on either side...but I expect there will be some vitriol and harm in the process. Here in SF, conservative Christians were recently doing some street witnessing (activism?)in the Castro. They met with some pretty extreme reaction that necessitated a police escort. I found myself disliking both parties for their behavior, but placing the larger blame/shame on the Christians for being SO inciteful and, honestly, "disrupting the peace". "The wisdom from above is peacable...." Book of James.

What, Rick Warren is some sort of traitor because he prays at the inauguration of his president? Remember, the likes of Caligula and Nero were ruling when Paul admonished us to pray for the king and any others in authority. As long as Warren is free to pray as he wishes, he's totally Biblical in praying for our new president, whatever one may think of Obama's politics.

I agree with Denise. I've never seen what people see in Billy Graham. Being all things to all men, I suppose, makes him seem to me to be reflexively manipulative and lacking in that certain sort of intellectual integrity that I want in a religious leader. Same goes for Warren.

God told us to pray for leaders no wonder people are turned off by present day christianity we judge everyone stab one another in the back and make issues more important than people sometimes i'm embarassed to be labeled a christian . I can not think of these people as family what are we showing the world? WE HAVE BECOME SO JUDGEMENTAL so lacking love and compassion or tolerate of any one. SHAME ON EACH ONE OF US

God told us to pray for leaders no wonder people are turned off by present day christianity we judge everyone stab one another in the back and make issues more important than people sometimes i'm embarassed to be labeled a christian . I can not think of these people as family what are we showing the world? WE HAVE BECOME SO JUDGEMENTAL so lacking love and compassion or tolerate of any one. SHAME ON EACH ONE OF US

I find it ironic and somewhat laughable that homosexuals are screaming to the press that they believe Warren's appearance to pray at Obama's inauguration is offensive.
I applaud Obama's attempt at inclusiveness. He better be....evangelicals make up the largest voting block, (they mostly stayed at home last November) and most blacks concur and voted in November on referenda that homosexual "unions" are not acceptable definitions of marriage.

I applaud Rick Warren for saying "Yes" to Barack Obama. This doesn't mean he is compromising his stand on righteousness...he's been very clear on that. And, this gives him a chance to pray, in the most public way, over Obama's heart and mind. I think Pastor Warren will be a plumb line for Obama, and I'm glad he's remaining available for him. Remember, it's the sick, not the healthy, who need a doctor.

Rick's stand on the absolutes are non-negotiable! Jesus dared to eat with the publicans and sinners and he was jeared too... Those who should be on his side should pray that God will use this opportunity. Rick has said openly that he is opposed to many of the things that Obama supports and condones but we ARE commanded in Scripture to pray for our leaders!

President-elect Barack Obama is no longer a 'candidate' to endorse. He is now the President-elect and thus the leader of the United States of America for at least the next four years. It is our responsibility as Christians to pray for him and his leadership, and not to decry Rick Warren for agreeing to do so publicly. In the Coptic Orthodox Church's liturgical services, we remember the ruler of this country by name in our prayers, for "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God...For he is God's servant to do you good. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor." (Romans 13:1, 4, 7).

WHAT? WARREN TO GIVE OPENING PRAYER AT THE INAUGURAL OF OBAMA? PLEASE BEHAVE YOURSELVES. THIS MAN'S RELIGION DOESN'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO BILLY. HE DOESN'T EVEN BELIEVES IN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. CHECK OUT HIS DOCTRINE. HE IS A DISGRACE TO THE WORD OF GOD. HE IS A REAL DOOZY. HE NEEDS TO SAY NO TO THIS APPOINTMENT. HE HAS HIS CONGREGATION FOOLED BUT NOT ME. NOW THERE'S HOPE FOR ALL OF US, BUT WE MUST BELIEVE EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. HOW COULD THIS MAN BE ASKED TO DO THIS IMPORTANT ASSIGNMENT. PLEASE PRESIDENT ELECT OBAMA ... GET REAL. WE BELIEVE IN YOU, BUT THIS IS YOUR FIRST MISTAKE SO FAR. ASK GOD FOR WISDOM. ASK HIM TO SHOW YOU THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB. AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT, MR. OBAMA, I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH, BUT YOU CANNOT CLEAN UP THE MESS OF AMERICA, BUT YOU CAN TRY BY FOLLOWING "JOSEPH" IN EGYPT. PHAROAH BELIEVED IN THIS GODLY MAN, THOUGH HE DID NOT BELIEVED IN HIS GOD. BUT JOSEPH WAS A "GODLY AND RIGHTEOUS MAN WHO DEPENDED ON GOD FOR WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING TO PREPARE EGYPT FOR THE 7 YEARS OF FAMINE. GO THOU AND DO LIKEWISE MR. OBAMA. LET US BE PROUDL OF YOU, LET GOD RULE IN YOUR HEART AND YOU WILL DO WONDERS.

WARREN??????? IT BETTER YOU GET JESSIE JACKSON.


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John the Baptist is a fine example of a preacher who spent some time in the political realm; he lost his head over some very critical issues. Rick Warren would do well to learn from such an example.

Christians suppose to help the government, in fact Christian churches should make an impact to the world by words of prayer asking God's leading to every proclaimed leader of our government, thus, Rick Warren role on inauguration is absolutely necessary. On the side of Obama, he is a very humble man to consider a man of God to pray for the inauguration. We Christian suppose to pray for our nations not just in inauguration but in every instances. Why not support Rick Warren instead and join him in prayer?

If Jesus walked on this earth as He did two thousand years ago and He was asked to pray for the president what do you think His answer would be. Before you answer this question remember those that He minister too. He came to save the lost, remember the woman at the well; who washed His feet with her tears; did not Peter turn his back on Him three times; I could go on and on...One day we will all stand before God and He will ask you what did you do with my Jesus? Rick Warren will be able to say I minister to all who God put in my pathway, and that includeds Presdient elect Obama...Thank you Rick Warren for being faithful to the voice of God...

Praying for your leaders is a command clearly stated in the Word of God. It doesn't matter who you voted for, Obama is the president elect, and soon will be President of the USA. He needs our prayers. He stated throughout the election he accepted Christ in his heart as Lord and Savior. Is the man perfect...no. Does he ascribe with conservative traditonal family values on the issue of abortion and gay marriage...no. However none of that changes the fact that we are commanded in scripture to pray for Him. I am more concern about the God who listens and answers prayers than I am over who it is that prayers, be it Rev. Graham or Rev. Warren. The truth is we all need to pray for Mr. Obama. He is the leader of the United States of American, a country were I am a citizen. I may not agree with him on some issues, but he's our president and deserves our prayers.

I agree and in support of Rick Warren praying for Barak Obama on the inaugural day. what a privilege it is for a humble servant of God.

I'm from the Philippines and I got to know Rick from his books the Purpose driven Church and the purpose driven Life.

God bless you pastor Rick.