Rick Warren, Obama, and What is Mainstream

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So president-elect Obama picked Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration. What is the problem? People are saying he is not mainstream enough…not even that. He is a radical! What makes him so radical? His conservative stances on abortion and same-sex marriage. A CNN article yesterday quoted the President of the American way, Kathryn Kolbert, as saying that someone who was “consistent [with] mainstream American values” should have received the honor [Link]. She went on to say that Warren’s ideas were “radical.”

The headline was that this attempt was so shocking that it was stirring up outrage! Outrage? About what? That someone disagrees with you politically? Grow up people! The attempt is to say that mainstream America will no longer put up with narrow-minded views like being pro-life or anti gay marriage. They are saying that is just not mainstream anymore to hold those beliefs. In fact, it is seen as radical. I don’t know about you but I think that is disturbing. Maybe that is becoming more and more true but I sure hope not. I sure hope we don’t end up with a country that because someone disagrees with your political or religious ideology that you become a radical and outside the mainstream. Or maybe it is a good thing to be outside the mainstream. I mean, isn’t that what God called us to in the first place was to be different? Aren’t we supposed to be aliens and strangers on earth…looking for a better home?

What do you think?

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