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As expected, today on the Wall is all about the quaint shindig you may have caught somewhere on the TV or online yesterday. There may have been a thing or two to discuss about God to make it Wall worthy. Hrm

rick-warren-inaugurationSo, to begin the conversation, anyone catch Rick Warren’s inauguration prayer – you know, the one that pushed the proverbial evangelical envelope as much as it could be pushed without reciting a sinner’s prayer?

He clamored what was expected in ways like tiptoeing the fence of spirituality, certain to not teeter and totter during his balancing act thus aggravating the political sharks on both sides of said fence. Then again, he completely blew the doors of inclusion and waxed an eloquent prayer that had a little something for everyone:

  • Jesus was surreptitiously extolled as, “the one who changed [Rick Warren’s] life.” I was looking for the name of Christ, but this was a more than suitable substitute, brother.
  • Then he tickles the ears of rabbis and Imams alike in one seamless sentence: “Hear O’ Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One… [You are] the compassionate and merciful one.” Placed side by side with ease, Warren  exercised better foreign relations more deftly than the Israelis post-carpet bombing Gaza. Nice.
  • Then, as if he didn’t seem completely transparent with his work across the religious aisle, Warren panegyrized the name of Jesus in more languages than a Parallel Bible – English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew
  • Lastly, believing he was about to get a nasty gram couriered to him from the Vatican, Warren smoothly transitions into the Lord’s Prayer. And although Jesus came up with it first in the “Sermon on the Mount,” the Catholics try to grandfather squatter’s right to the recitation.

To summate, Warren’s adoring PR man, A. Larry Ross (I’m biased here, self-admittedly, but he deserves it) had this to say:

“He’s a Christian pastor,” Warren’s spokesman Larry Ross told Fox News Monday. “He’s going to pray the only kind of prayer he knows how to pray. He is going to pray consistent with his calling as an evangelical pastor.”

Evangelical, for certain. If that dude threw out a bigger net, the game warden would have fined him for excessive fishing. Brother was on a mission, and he succeeded. Yes, it was obvious. But then, shouldn’t most ministry?

Here, here, pastor. Oh, MEMO to Warren: What’s the BarackStar’s daughter’s name again? I’m just sayin’ you may want to practice, just in case you are invited back to another conviviality in four years.

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Do you have the TiVo set to record the historic presidential inauguration? If not, you may miss the world’s worst attempt at being P.C.

obama-messiahOriginally, the BarackStar chose a controversial source for enlightenment – Rick Warren – to kick off his administration in prayer.

Not such a problem, right? He figures that dude isn’t that well known for preaching in the name of Jesus, so his GLBT faction won’t get so terribly upset. Yeah, not so much.

So, he gets frantic. What can he do to appease the atheists, calm down the liberals and get his homosexual voters down from the edge. Ah, according to WOW News’ The Seeker, have an openly gay Bishop pray for him too. Yeah, that’ll fix ’em.

On Sunday, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for President-elect Barack Obama. The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for Sunday’s event follows weeks of criticism from gay-rights groups over Obama’s decision to have Warren pray at his Jan. 20 inauguration.

And just for kicks, “Bishop” Robinson doesn’t even plan to pray with the Bible citing issues the KJV doesn’t match his shoes:

“While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans,” Robinson said. “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation.”

Uh, yeah. About that? Either you are an ordained Bishop in the very Church that supposedly calls Jesus Christ, LORD, or you just dig wearing black because it makes you look like an ar-teest. And if so, please sit down and shut up!

Well, that’s what I say. Rick Warren has said something too, but eh, it’s all kosher to him:

President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of good will together in search of common groud,” he said in a statement to Christianity Today reported on the magazine’s Politics Blog. I applaud his desire to be the president of every citizen.’

Aw shucks. You know, I thought when he won the election, his desire to “be president of every citizen” was kind of a moot point. He is president of every citizen, but even politicians have to stand on something. That is, unless there’s room on that fence you are currently practicing your balancing act upon. Hrm?

How he may look on January 20. Anything's possible.

How he may look on January 20. Anything's possible.

Remember the ridiculous law suit being brought against President-elect Obama because he dares has the pledge of allegiance recited at his inauguration?

Yeah, well, at least those persnickety Atheists have nothing to day about the fact the BarackStar chose a Bible for his oath. And much to the chagrin of rednecks, Klansmen and bigoted misanthropes everywhere, it’s the same Bible Abraham Lincoln used. Nice.

“President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau. “The President-elect is committed to holding an Inauguration that celebrates America’s unity, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage.”

Well, duh! What was he going to do? Walk on down to the local Lifeway and grab a Parallel Bible for kicks? Not so much.

This 1,280-page book of holy writ was published in 1853. And who says the Word of God isn’t timeless? This story is one in a voluminous array of them that should surpass party affiliation or preference. It’s historic that “We, the people” get to witness something like this.

I just hope he realizes for those regaled “first 100 days” won’t be empowered by the days of how the South got their tails handed to them. Ironic though. Thanks to that anticipated oath, this country will enter a new era of reconstruction. Hrm. The more things change, the more they stay the same indeed.

Something is stinky in the Church lately. No, it’s not your pastor’s breath or that one dude on the prayer team (woof!) It’s the ill wind blowing of hypocrisy.

Aside from the dolts who plague pulpits nationally with their agendas, instead of discussing the Lord’s; evangelicals just don’t seem to get it – the Bible is a road map for all men to follow, not just those who call themselves, “Born Again.”

Case in point (from Beliefnet): Richard Cizik, now former vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals

On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, National Association of Evangelicals vice president of governmental affairs Rich Cizik admitted that his views on same sex unions are shifting.  While he made it clear that he does not favor same sex marriage, he did affirm the that he favors same sex civil unions.  Cizik also admitted that he voted for Barack Obama in the primary election, although he did not reveal for whom he voted in the general.  As a result of these comments, NAE president Leith Anderson asked Cizik to resign, which Cizik did.

republican-elephantThis is a man, a rebel, who has highhandedly provided more relevance for the “NeoCon” and evangelical movement than anyone, and you want him to split basically because of who his dangling chad favored?! Because make no mistake, that is the epicenter of the boot to his tail.

Since when did caring for the environment become a “liberal point of view”?! I seem to recall something in a Bible I read once about we (that would be Christians, or even evangelicals) are to have dominion in this piece. And why does voting for a Democrat mean you are an atheist?!

Listen, abortion is murder – there I said it. And HiScrivener, being the raging independent, has voted from something other than Republican. Yeah, I said that too. But abortion, or anything cherished “trendy” by the GOP, is not the only reason you should vote for a president, and Cizik understood that which has passed through the ears of so many of his predecessors.

The work Cizik inspired is replacing the old guard of the surriptious and much-maligned “Religious Right,” but now that work is left on the shelf for fear of liking a few trees and God’s people more than he did John McCain.

Brother put himself out there, and should be applauded for it, but since a few crusty curmudgeons and frozen chosen out there think it’s a sin to do anything that the local GOP doesn’t seem worthy. What happened to Richard Cizik wasn’t about salvation and Christianity, it was about business and politics. And if that is what he signed up for, then good thing he split, he will serve the Church much more effectively away from those jackleg fools.

For the past few months, the Writing on the Wall was illuminated with an LED on the Republican Party basically showing if John McCain didn’t bother to entertain the Church like his competition, he would be bothered to keep his tail in Arizona.

Thanks to the Pew Forum, we find that was the case as more than 53 percent of the headlines were aboutany-candidate-will-do Barack Obama’s faith – some about him being a Muslim, others about him being the Antichrist, but all of it about Christians discussing him… and not John McCain.

The “culture war” issues that have been prominent in past elections, such as abortion and gay marriage, received minimal attention in 2008. The coverage they did receive tended to come in the form of reaction to statements by the candidates and quickly receded without generating any sustained narrative.

Why? Because we – in a word – are meddlesome. And instead of people wanting to discuss the wiles of most on each coast legalizing gay marriage or the intricacies of late-term abortion, we choose to hear the gossip surrounding Nostradamus possibly foretelling Obama as the son of Lucifer or, even worse, the second coming!

Now, that’s politics. And that’s also why the Church was so focused on the BarackStar and not McCain. How could the old man hold a candle to that kind of pub?!

more-story-lines-from-the-electionWhat made the news cycle spin wasn’t the winds of change. It was the old fashioned rumor mill. Check this graph out:

Issues were scarcely what entertained the Church. It was the misguided, haphazard passer-by traffic of the BarackStar’s middle name.

Way to go, Christians! And then to prove how inquiring minds just had to know… you made Sarah Palin’s baby mama issues a strong #2.

You know, the GOP will have a LOT of time to sit back, recollect and reconsider the many ways it lost this election. Among them are:

  • Cease & desist with noted evangelical endorsements. If they aren’t calling for the death of all Muslims, they were calling all Catholics whores. Neither are that endearing to swing voters, I don’t think.
  • Get younger at that position. Be an old man with a fat wallet in a mid-life crisis. The next time you want to trot out an septuagenarian for cross-country campaigning, make that person has already been president.
  • Don’t underestimate experience. Yeah, yeah. Obama didn’t have “experience”, but at least he can handle his own on friggin’ Katie Couric! The one thing he did have experience at was public speaking. You don’t have to be the next “Great Communicator” to sway indie voters, just able to speak in coherent sentences.
  • Don’t overestimate one side of a two-sided ticket. No, we don’t vote for the Veeps. But yeah, we kinda do. Biden was a good choice, because he was everything in foreign relations the BarackStar wasn’t. [Then, of course, he hires HER as Secretary of State. Did I miss something?!] Palin? Well, she was an executive… hot… loves the snow… hot… family woman… hot… evangelical… and um, oh yeah, HOT. In short, she was a few fries short of a happy meal, and in this economy, it’s about the whole value meal! And folk get angry about their food. graphs-middle-finger1
  • Do your homework. McCain wasn’t the country’s first choice. Heck, he wasn’t even the GOP’s first choice. But of course, he wins the nod through politicking and a whole lot of money… and loses his shirt. You see, straight-ticket GOP die-hards, if you don’t wake up and smell what the Barack is cooking, there will be another graph developing (seen pictured here) and that will be reflective of what the country thinks about your and the elephant you rode in on. I’m just sayin’.