The Hidden-Purpose Driven Presidency - First Things, 12/18/08:
... what, then, to make of his decision to have Rick Warren pray at his inauguration?In other words, Warren should skip it. Eh.
... does it really indicate a willingness to meet social conservatives halfway?
One must also ask a question about Rev. Rick Warren: Why did he accept?
... prudence suggests that this would have been a very good time for a little Christian witness.
Who knows, maybe they're friends? Maybe they hit it off during the Saddleback Church forum.
Warren cannot retreat from his calling as a minster to those with serious misunderstandings on moral issues. No, advocating degrees of separation among Christians - right? among Christians - isn't the way to go.
Neither is it seemly to question one's decision -Egan's case regards a senator, not a president-elect - to respond affirmatively to a request from the president-elect.
And, like Bush quoting Mother Teresa after speaking at Bob Jones, no one is likely to mistake presidential symbols for substance.
Please don't think that I care for Warren, because I do not. Simply put, the more I read the original, the more it comes across as someone's final column before the year-end holidays. It has a catchy title.