Rick Warren’s BIG mistake

January 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm (babbling, religion) (, , , , , )

I’m a pastors kid.  It’s who I will always be even if my dad ever leaves the pulpit, because it’s how I was raised. It has completely altered how I view “the church” and my beliefs in who God is.  Luckily my dad allowed me to seek my beliefs for myself, and also encouraged education, love and open-mindedness.  Probably a bit to do more with his Canadian up-bringing rather than him being a Pastor…but that’s neither here, nor there.

So naturally I feel bad for pastors and their families.  They live in a glass bubble, they work grueling hours, days, nights, weekends.  Often they are asked to give up holidays and time off because of marriages or untimely deaths.  Their mistakes become egg on their face instead of stepping stones to learn and grow. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone struggles, and congregations will be better off helping their pastors and their families through moments of great tribulation instead of what so often happens, of them being thrown out in the cold.

However, I have to say Rick Warren made a HUGE and stupid mistake.  I think he should NOT have opened his mouth on his opinions of gay marriage.  And here’s why:  all he did was make an audience of people (supporters of gay marriage, people who have gay marriages, and the gay and lesbian community) totally ignore, scoff and judge him at the inauguration.

His prayer was great.  I’m glad he didn’t make it more socially acceptable and less Christian.  He’s a Christian pastor, President Obama is a Christian…so why hide it in universal banter?!! It was the perfect podium for hope, peace, grace and love… and yet, a lot of people who needed to hear it weren’t listening.

Plus, a lot of Christians didn’t listen.  The bitter ones who were upset Obama won, and Rick Warren could be friends with someone who supports a woman’s right to choose.  (Or other various reasons you don’t need me to list off.)  They also needed to hear what it’s like to be unapologetic for what you believe in because it IS about love, and acceptance, forgiveness and grace. That it’s not about hate and judgment.

Obama’s campaign, book and even current agendas have given me hope for the future of America. I must say though that Heaven is also a place of hope for me.  A place where all my friends are: Chinese, Iraqi, European, African American, Spanish, straight, gay, lesbian, liars, cheaters, thieves, addicts who embrace and find God.  If it’s not, then I don’t want to go there.

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