It's been announced that Pastor Rick Warren, of Saddleback and the Purpose-Driven Life fame, will be delivering the inaugural prayer for President-elect Barak Obama.
Naturally, the reactions have been mixed. Gawker headlined the news calling Pastor Warren a bigot. Warren was opposed to Prop 8 in the recent California vote. Warren is quoted as saying that "This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about."
The outrage by some liberals has probably blocked some conservatives from complaining that Pastor Warren is praying at the ceremony of a leader who promised to usher in the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that is patently not pro-life. Rick recently stated that "making abortions more rare" isn't good enough.
I'm encouraged that Pastor Warren is praying at Obama's Inauguration and that by doing so is confounding those on the right and the left. Two thousand years Jesus' ministry repeated crossed the lines of the religious Right and the religious Left (The Pharisees and the Sadducees). Jesus ignored these group's boundary markers and went about building the kingdom.
Thanks Rick for doing the same.