I congradulate both Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Community Church and President-Elect Barack Obama for the leadership relationship they have forged and I do so with a greater respect for each of them. I do this not because I agree with either person on every single issue nor because I endorse the marriage of church and state (and those who know me, know how I feel on such an issue), I do this because of the good will each is showing to the other. However, as a Christian whose views are very confessional (and viewed Evangelical to many), it appears that I may be in the minority for it appears that many Evangelical Christians are upset with Rick Warren. And of course, the secular left wing is eaqually upset with Barack Obama.
The irony is that the left-wing is saying the same thing about Rick Warren as the right-wing said about Barack Obama. Both sides believe the other to be too radical because of their views held on the same two issues. It seems as though this whole relationship between Obama and Warren is proving to be a good example as to how both the left and right can be intolerable to anyone who does not champion their cause.
The relationship between Warren and Obama is great for a nation that has become very polarized in recent years. It is great because people must learn how to work with other people for the greater good even when unanimous agreement will never be reached. People need to remember that when the day comes where we can not work with any person or group unless they agree with us on every last issue, then the “ship” stalls out and goes nowhere. Unless the right and the left learn how to work together, especially in the areas where they agree, this nation is in for a very difficult period in its history.
There are so many causes that both sides believe in and agree on which are very important for the well-being of many right now. Beyond that, whether abortion is legal or illegal does not mean two sides cannot work together to prevent unexpected pregnancies (which should help prevent abortions). As for the whole gay marriage issue… let the state do whatever it wants because there is nothing that says the church must follow the suit. Furhter more, the church is under no orders to recognize any marriage (gay or not) which it deems as unbiblical and foreign to God’s intention for marriage. In the meantime, the church can continue to teach the biblical view of marriage. But mark my word on this: If those on the right and left do not learn to work together and instead continue the ongoing polarization, then both sides will loose in the end.