Given that it is a Friday night and that many people probably won’t spend the time to read new IDA blogs, I have decided to post on Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration hat! Personally, I liked the hat and thought Franklin was one of the few people with common sense to wear a hat for warmth, not to mention for style!
I have several hats but nothing like Aretha’s, probably because I don’t have an extra $500 to spare! But, then I don’t have the voice of Aretha, often saying I am not church choir material. Anyway, enjoy the article!
Do you know what your governor was doing at the inauguration festivities? Politico reports for us…….
The governor of Iowa, Chet Culver, was spotted double-fisting at the Recording Industry Association of America party at Ibiza.
He made the Hangover Edition along with the big names of Leo DiCaprio and Cyndi Lauper. After all, governors just want to have fun. Go Iowa!
Another controversy with Rick Warren and the inauguration has been stirring recently. As the flare-up over him being invited to the invocation blows over, a new grumbling about how he will do the prayer is beginning. Will Warren pray to the God he knows as a Christian and do the invocation in Jesus’ name, or will he pray to the universal “god” of all religions?
It doesn’t really matter to the radicals on the left whose name is invoked during the prayer since addressing anything more substantial than the wind would offend them. These would be the same types who believe in tolerance but yet stomp on a elderly lady’s cross in protest to Prop 8 in California. The same types of people who believe in freedom of choice and non-discrimination and not crossing religion with government, but yet go after a church that won’t rent locale for a civil union in New Jersey and Christian doctors in California who won’t artificially inseminate a lesbian. I will not waste my breath in trying to figure out what these nutballs want from the invocation.
There are other people, however, who want one simple thing from Rick Warren two weeks from today. They want him to pray for President-Elect Barack Obama and the future of the United States of America in the one name that Christians know needs to be addressed in order for that prayer to mean anything to God. That would be the name of Jesus. Go ahead and let the protests begin, whether it be from the left or from those representing other religions, but one must remember an important thing. Our next leader has claimed to be saved by Christ and has invited an evangelical to do the invocation. There should be no surprises. Unless, it is Warren’s own tribe that is surprised.
What I have seen on most conservative blogs, including ours, is the response from the left to President-Elect Obama’s invitation to Pastor Rick Warren to do the Inauguration Invocation. What I am going to address is the response from the right; mainly the outcry from some pro-lifers in regards to Warren’s acceptance of that invitation.
First of all, let’s take a look at what an invocation actually is. An invocation is a prayer and/or a call on for aid or protection. If there is one incoming president who is in need of a prayer or aid I would have to say Barack Obama wins hands down. Who would these outspoken pro-lifers rather have do the honors? Jeremiah Wright? I know they are up in arms about Obama’s stance on abortion, but that is exactly why he needs the prayer. I know it is also seen as a political move on Obama’s part, but if that is the case he needs that prayer even more. The real question is how is Rick Warren going to handle the task he has accepted.
During the Saddleback Forum this summer with Obama and John McCain, Warren proved to be more of a moderator than a pastor of the Gospel. I know most conservatives were critical of him for not going after Obama’s “above my pay grade” response when asked when life begins, but I believe that Warren lost his purpose when he did not hold our own side accountable on the same question. John McCain answered forcefully, “at conception” when asked the same question, but Rick Warren missed the chance hold that life issue up when McCain stated that he still supported embryonic stem cell research.
Now Rick Warren has another chance. In his book The Purpose Driven Life he states, “You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don’t get to choose your purpose.” He chose to accept Obama’s invitation, but he doesn’t get to choose his purpose. Remember, Jesus invited himself to the house of the tax collector, Zacchaeus, while the people stood in disbelief that he would be the guest of a “sinner” and look how that turned out.