Regarding Rick Warren’s decision to give the prayer at Barack Obama’s inauguration, assume for a moment that we had just elected a man to be president who, during the campaign, spoke to a rally of the Ku Klux Klan – all the while reassuring us how important his Christian faith is to him. Let’s also assume that, during this rally, he told the assembled cone heads that he thinks America should return to the times when only white male landowners were allowed to vote.
The question is, could anyone in America be stupid enough to think that Rick Warren would give the invocation for this guy’s inauguration? Do they think we’d be hearing all this warm-fuzzy rhetoric about “coming together” and “setting aside our differences” or any of the other touchy-feely emotions we now find so trendy? Believe me, anyone who thinks that would happen has lost contact with the mother ship.
I suggest that we take off the rose-colored glasses for a moment. The cold fact is that this sorry situation is nothing more than an arranged marriage motivated by politics and ambition.
On one hand, Obama needs someone who can give him cover with the Christian community. His goal is to hide from them the fact that he is a heretic and moral degenerate. He chose Warren for this job because he knows that (a) Warren has “street cred” within the targeted demographic group and (b) the vast majority of the people in this particular group are too naïve to see that they are being played. He also knows that, as pro-lifers go, Warren is “safe” because he has shown that–regardless of what he says about abortion–it is not an issue he cares much about and it is certainly not one for which he will fight. In the same way some people used to say,” I’m not a racist, one of my best friends is black,” Obama can now say, “I’m not a baby-killer, one of my best friends is pro-life.”
Meanwhile, Rick Warren’s willingness to become Obama’s token pro-lifer is part of an extended job interview. He knows that Billy Graham is nearing the end of his life and that the job of “America’s Preacher and Spiritual Guru to the White House” is about to be available. He also knows that, in order to ascend into this role, he will have to throw the unborn under the bus. After all, he’s watched Graham do it for the last 35 years. It’s called “selling out” and for those who covet a seat at the tables of power, more often than not it’s just the cost of doing business. Such is the nature of political life in a nation that no longer places any value on principles and statesmanship.
Now, for those of you who will inevitably accuse me of being unfairly cynical here, let me suggest that January 20th will tell the tale. If I am wrong about Rick Warren, then he will use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pray for mercy for the unborn and ask God to soften Obama’s heart toward them. While he’s at it, he will also call America to repentance and beg God’s forgiveness for the 50 million defenseless children we have already slaughtered.
Anyone taking bets?