It would be an understatement to say that I was shocked by President Elect Barack Obama's choice in Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration ceremony. Two more outwardly different people you are not likely to find. Obama supports abortion-rights, Warren does not; Obama supports gay-rights, Warren does not. Amongst many other diametrically opposed beliefs and ideals, abortion and gay rights are certainly two of the most charged and divisive in American today. So why on earth would Obama select Warren? And why would Warren accept?
Many will say that Obama selected Mr. Warren in order to reach out to the right, that he wants to show America that he will be open-minded, considerate, and willing to honor and respect the beliefs of others. Likewise, the same has been said of Mr. Warren, that his brand of Christianity is ecumenical, open and unifying. Just who is one to believe? Am I to accept that the leopard has changed his spots, or that the zebra has changed his stripes? Is either more plausible than the other? What's more, if Obama's selection is nothing more than an attempt to prove his bipartisanship, it is a meaningless gesture. Would it not be more appropriate, and speak volumes more, if he selected cabinet members with broad appeal? I don't seen much concern over broad-appeal in Obama's selection of the likes of Hillary Clinton, Tom Daschle, and Leon Panetta.
I may be ruining my shot at a cabinet post here, but I suspect the truth of the matter is that neither Obama nor Warren are really who or what they claim to be. There is always a certain amount of showmanship in politics, and certainly as much in Warren's brand of slickly-marketed, drive-thru religion; but where does the glitz end and deception begin? I simply cannot accept that two people can stand on such totally different foundations, can join hands and sing kum-bai-yah with honestly and sincerity. Somebody's playing make-believe on a national stage.
So what does all of this mean, and who cares? Well, for me it means that I have been right about Mr. Warren all along; his actions suggest that he really doesn't believe all that he espouses. Because of his position of true power and influence, it is even more frightening that Mr. Obama, in his selection of Warren, has taken actions in opposition of his own stated beliefs. Remember the old adage, "Actions speak louder than words?" How can any right-minded person be expected to believe in the sincerity of a man who says one thing, but then does another?