Mostly I’m sticking to more directly Scriptural, doctrinal, and church/kingdom life stuff on this blog, but I’m going to veer into current events for a moment. Lots of people made lots of noise over Rick Warren’s being asked to deliver the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration this morning. As with most such storms, the import of Warren’s presence got lost, I think, in the cultural warriors’ interpretations.
But I was struck by the actual content of what Rick said this morning. Not only was it a prayer I could heartily say “amen” to in virtually all respects, it was truly inclusive from a man who has been vilified over and over again for not being inclusive enough.
Didn’t anyone else notice that Warren invoked God as “the Compassionate, the Merciful?” This comes straight from the opening phrase of every Sura in the Quran (“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful”), and I am certain it is no accident that in this phrase, Warren included faithful Muslims as they pray to God. Likewise, Warren used the Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish names for Jesus in another bid to be culturally inclusive.
That prayer made no apologies for where he (Warren) stands: how can anyone argue with praying “in the name of the one who changed my life?” But it opened the door for lots of people, and not only Christians, to honestly pray with him.
Good on you, Rick!