On the 25th anniversary of the outbreak of AIDS, and on World AIDS Day, Senator Barak Obaman spoke at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California.
I applaud Rick Warren in his decision. Frankly I don't know what all the buzz and problem is about. Well,...yes I do. But I don't accept the complaints as valid. The complaints, I'm referring to are those expressed from the evangelical "religious right".
My question for my brothers and sisters who disagree with me on this, is: Have you found the perfect politician or perfect political party? According to criteria you've laid down, evidently many of you could reply in the affirmative, believing you have found such people.
I believe the error here, lies in our belief that we can find, or even make the perfect candidate. And that perfection is measured according to what? According, hopefully, to the revelation we receive from Scripture, of the kingdom of God come in Jesus. This kingdom closes the door on all injustice and evil. Bringing a good news that proclaims God's grace for forgiveness, healing, restoration and reconciliation. We can never be happy over abortions continuing. But neither can we be happy over people dying of AIDS. Or struggling in impoverished conditions, with insufficient medical care. Or a host of other things.
I'm thankful for Rick Warren's stand. And hopefully it will help evangelicals as a whole to break the grip that the religious right has had on us for so long. And answer with a better witness. One that is satisfied with nothing less than the revelation and realization of God's kingdom come, in Jesus. And may that begin with each of us, where we live.
What about you? What do you think about this, and why?