As you may be aware, President-Elect Obama’s choice for giving the invocation at his inauguration, Pastor Rick Warren, whose megachurch spent mega-dollars towards passing Prop 8 in California, has created quite a lot of controversy. Many in the lgbt community feel utterly betrayed that the man who they worked so hard to elect would invite an “anti-gay” preacher to give the invocation. I choose to look at it differently…first of all, I do have a problem with the tons of money that was put towards misinformation to scare people into voting for Prop 8, not only by Warren’s church or the Mormon church, but also by the Catholic Church…but that’s another topic.
The point here is that I am reluctant to label someone as “anti-gay” or a “hate-monger” just because they don’t believe in gay marriage. I think that what Obama is trying to do here is reach out and say, “Look, folks, if we want to heal the divisions that keep us apart and sniping at each 0ther, we have to start reaching out to people with whom we do not agree.” I see his invitation to Warren as setting an example for all of us. And I do not know all that much about this Warren guy, but I do not sense the kind of hatred brewing in him as I hear being directed at him.
Anyway, if this choice is good enough for Melissa Etheridge and her partner, it’s good enough for me. Let’s drop the dogmatism on BOTH sides – right AND left – and starting building our future together as the brothers and sisters we are in God’s eyes.
School starts tomorrow, so you may need to cut me a break as I settle into my new schedule of classes…happy epiphany!