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Warren to pray at Obama inauguration

Rick Warren and Barak ObamaRick Warren the pastor of Saddeback megachurch and best-selling author has been invited to pray at the inauguration of Barak Obama as the next President of the United States.

In this context, Warren is stepping into the role previously taken by the evangelist Billy Graham who is now very elderly.

There has been strong criticism of Obama's choice from the liberal establishment because of Warren's publicly stated views on abortion and homosexuality. And there has also been speculation as to whether or not Warren will pray explicitly "in Jesus' name".

Meanwhile there continues to be much speculation about Obama's beliefs and religious affiliations.
Three years ago when asked about his Christian commitment he replied to a Chicago newspaper:

"My faith is complicated by the fact that I didn't grow up in a particular religious tradition. And so what that means is when you come at it as an adult, your brain mediates a lot, and you ask a lot of questions.

"There are aspects of Christian tradition that I'm comfortable with and aspects that I'm not. There are passages of the Bible that make perfect sense to me and others that I go, 'Ya know, I'm not sure about that,'" he said, shrugging and stammering slightly.

Obama is expected to be the first president since Franklin D Roosevelt to be without the counsel of the Rev Billy Graham, the man affectionately known as the “World’s Preacher” and “America’s Pastor” for more than 60 years.

In comments made late last year, Graham’s youngest son, Franklin Graham, informed the media that his father’s “time and day for that (pastoring to presidents) is over.

"But he would certainly like to meet [Obama] and pray with him," the younger Graham added.

Though never partisan in his preaching, Billy Graham is a registered Democrat, according to Associated Press and an article in Christianity Today.

The American Constitution separates politics and religion and in recent years, but not just recent years, the campaign to eradicate the Christian heritage from American public and political life has been intensifying. Ironically the wording of the Constitution was designed by the early American fathers to protect religion from state interference, but the respective clauses are now being used the other way around to expunge religion (principally Christianity) from public affairs.

Since December when it was announced Warren would give the invocation, media reports have highlighted the outrage and frustration of gay rights supporters over the decision.

Critics of Warren pointed out that he had supported the California measure Proposition 8 that defined marriage as between one man and one woman and essentially overturned the state’s short-lived gay marriage ruling by the California Supreme Court.

Gay rights supporters held protests at Warren’s Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif. after Proposition 8 won the majority of votes. They again staged a demonstration this past Sunday in a last attempt to stop Warren from giving the inaugural prayer.

Read on in Christianity Today....

Christians Together, 18/01/2009

Peter Carr (Guest) 18/01/2009 22:15
Interesting that the President Elect is having the gay Bishop Gene Robinson speak at the New York celebration on the lead up to the Presidency on Tuesday!

Seems that all that glitters is not Gold when it comes to winning elections! Playing into the gay lobby's hands or what!?
John Ross (Guest) 19/01/2009 18:45
A purpose driven president? God help us :)
Peter Carr (Guest) 19/01/2009 19:15
No-one can accuse the outgoing President of being purpose driven! Seriously though, does it matter who or what the new incoming President has at his ceremony. When we look at the USA we see that like our own country God is only 'wheeled in' almost as a lucky charm when it suits!

To all intents and purposes He (the living and true God) has been 'kicked out' of the class room, the courtroom etc...

Thankfully He doesn't need to be 'wheeled in', or invited to any ceremony of man's making. Didn't the psalmist say that the whole world and everything in it belongs to God?
Mary Wylie (Guest) 19/01/2009 22:55
Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most Public schools anymore because the word 'God' is mentioned.... A 15-year-old kid in Arizona wrote the attached


Now I sit me down in school where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites, it violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks..
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls, study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, no word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please take! Amen
Peter Carr (Guest) 20/01/2009 08:24
Thank you Mary for this reality check! Let's pray that that the New President will have the courage and conviction to turn this sad situation around!!
a h 20/01/2009 16:00
A great bit of writing especially from a 15 year old.

Hey, am I getting hysterical or did anyone notice that Obama's new car is called the Beast?
Editor 21/01/2009 13:07
John Terry of "The Revelation Files" prays:

I pray that Barak Obama and this nation prospers, even as their souls prosper in Christ. And I pray that he would turn this president’s heart to you daily and that he be led by the spirit of God to lead this nation as a man after God’s own heart.

I pray that the Church of the Living God would rise up in this generation and leave the confines of their church buildings, boldly reclaiming their place in society as the leaders and role models for the world to follow. I ask the Holy Spirit to bring about a spirit of unity among denominations for the express purpose of sharing the Gospel and raising up a standard of righteousness that calls sin by its name and requires that we measure up the standard of moral excellence as outlined in the Holy Bible. That the church renews its efforts to end abortion, break the bondages of those trapped in homosexuality, alcohol, drug, and other addictions, and be the hand of God extended to those who are hurting and in need.

I pray that a spirit of repentance and revival would come to this nation as we fall to our knees, ask God to forgiveness us for all our shortcomings and failures to obey His principles and precepts, and that He once again would revive us and empower us to do great things in these last days. I pray that the Great Commission would be lived out in the daily lives of everyone who claims Jesus Christ as Savior, and that our deeds would match the words of Christ we share with others. I pray there would be something so unique and appealing in the way that we live out our lives that others would ask us what it is that makes us different from everyone else, opening the door for evangelism and discipleship to take place in the marketplace of life.

I ask God to continue to bless this nation, and that the light of the Gospel would continue to shine from the shores of the United States to the rest of the world as we individually do our part to live our lives as walking, talking, living, breathing Bibles each and every minute of the day. May we individually continue to “Go, Teach, and Make Disciples” as the time before us is short and the return of Christ is at hand.

And I pray that Christ hasten His return to this earth and when He returns that He find faith therein, as He finds it resident, alive and well in each of us.

John Terry

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