...and We Don’t Mean “Happy”
by Jim Josephsen
President Elect, Barak Obama,
deemed by many, the champion of liberals and liberal policies is now the target
of liberal ire. Why? What is the problem now?
Obama’s inaugural committee recently chose evangelical pastor,
Rick Warren to deliver
the inaugural invocation. This choice has outraged prominent liberal groups,
especially gay rights proponents. Unquestionably, many of the more staunch
liberals within the
Democratic Party are dismayed.
But why should Obama’s choice be a surprise? It is publicly known that Obama
desires January’s inauguration be the most inclusive and accessible, open and
engaging event in U.S. history. Part of his change you can believe in platform
allows that all Americans have equal access to the privileges the laws and the
U.S. Constitution affords.
Obama and Warren find common ground on issues such as advocating for the
homeless, disadvantaged, poor, and those who suffer from
In the spirit of openness and inclusion, of bringing all ideologies to the
table, Rick Warren has been chosen.
for the American Way. This progressive, politically liberal advocacy
organization takes issue with Obama’s choice, believing that someone who has
“consistent mainstream American values” should have been chosen instead. (Does
anyone have a handle on “mainstream American values” these days?) People for the
American Way opposes Warren’s stand against gay marriage.
This liberal organization, whose vision is that of promoting “a vibrantly
diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law,
given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to
participate in our nation’s civic and political life,” clamors when an
individual speaks up on issues that are contrary to their agenda.
If there is one subject on which Warren reflects a greater degree of accuracy
when quoting scriptures, it is the subject of sexual behavior. Warren promotes
family values and
sexual purity to a
As we understand and teach, any one who respects the Word of God, who humbles
him or herself before God Almighty will clearly understand that only sexual
behavior engaged in between one man and one woman while in the bounds of
matrimony is acceptable in the sight of God.
All other sexual deviance, be it
lesbianism and all other
prurient, immoral practices is considered sin. Those who practice such are in
jeopardy of eternal death, unless the person repents of such behavior.
God has defined marriage and God has defined behavior that is conducive to
healthy, prosperous and wholesome living. Any departure from the good,
life-sustaining behavior God has commanded, will only lead to heartbreak,
disappointment, death, and for a nation, eventually to social decay.
The gay lifestyle manifests itself in emptiness, degradation, disillusionment,
and sorrow. Likewise, does adultery, fornication, promiscuity, and sexual
A scant two percent of the U.S. population, and that percentage may be slightly
elevated, are considered members of the gay community. A tiny minority when
compared to all Americans within this democratic nation. Yet they represent a
loud voice when supported by
decisions, politicians and
Let us not just isolate the gay community in America, however. Let us include
all sexual behavior practiced outside of marriage as an offense to the God of
creation; the God who created male and female and who instituted marriage.
Likewise, let us realize that even within marriage, there are situations that
warrant the need for godly indictment. God reveals the sinful behaviors that
will destroy the individual and cripple a nation, unless repented of. God does
offer forgiveness to the individual that repents and to the nation that changes
its course of immorality.
Many understand the importance of conforming to the Word of God and feel an
obligation to teach and express the truth of God. Many within this free
democratic nation (as in other democratic lands) choose to practice their faith
and to speak their faith. The
and laws of this land allow us this freedom.
People for the American Way advocates that everyone is treated equally under the
law, given freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams.
If the dreams of an individual, like a Rick Warren or of hundreds of thousands
throughout this country are to envision an America in which everyone is educated
of right versus wrong behavior as defined by God, then the People for the
American Way cannot object. They advocate this freedom; that everyone be given
the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Certainly, People for the American Way has no business expressing disappointment
or dismay toward its new political champion, Obama, who is only attempting to
show this country, which he will soon be leading, that we can all get along. If
sincere, that sure seems to be an open-minded, fair position.
Whatever his agenda, if Obama is pleased to allow Warren the honor of praying at
the inaugural, open-minded liberals have no room to object. Then again, here we
see once again, liberals are not very open-minded when it comes to God or
religious beliefs that conflict with their lifestyle or political agenda.