A couple of weeks ago Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA was interviewed by Larry King, his first interview since giving the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration.

HT: Mike Demastus

This seems like a reversal from his interview with Ann Curry prior to the Inauguration.  I can understand that he doesn’t want to be considered an activist on this issue.  He wouldn’t be the first pastor to desire that, but to say “I’m not anti-gay marriage,” and (Correction: he said “I am not an anti-gay marriage activist.”  I misquoted him.  That wasn’t intentional, but I was inaccurate.  I do want to be fair to Pastor Warren, so I apologize for the inaccuracy) to apologize for guiding people in his congregation regarding a biblical definition of marriage?  I understand that he doesn’t want to hurt his witness to homosexuals that he is friends with, but we need to be clear about what the Bible teaches.

I wasn’t going to blog on Rick Warren, until another story came out about Miss California, Carrie Prejean, being interviewed by Perez Hilton was asked about her view on gay marriage during the Miss America Pageant.  It was probably very temping to her to give the answer she knew Hilton would have wanted to hear, but instead stood by her principles (I have to admit I cringed a little at her calling it “opposite” marriage). 

HT: Family Research Council

I don’t think it’s presumptuous to say it cost her the title.  I have to say I love the tolerance that Hilton is demonstrating himself.  How did he get to be a judge anyway?  If I were Miss Prejean I would have said, “I believe as President Obama believes, that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Who demonstrated more courage on this issue Prejean or Warren?

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  1. Prejean displayed much more courage. Irregardless of the question, Prejean was in a “moment ” where she was playing for all the marbles so to speak of her competition. In a large room, with possibly more people watching her on t.v. than the small segment CNN does with Rick Warren. Rick Warren has done a TON of these interviews and can do them in his sleep.

  2. What Pastor Warren said was “I am not an anti-gay marriage ACTIVIST”. Listening to all of his comments, I am very clear on his viewpoint… that God's intention for marriage is clearly for one man and one woman. However, he was portrayed in the media as actively fighting against Prop 8 in CA… when really he only issued a statement as a pastor to his own congregation vs. being an activist. While Miss Prejean did show courage in trying to articulate her values, I think that Pastor Warren's ministry and lifework is ample proof of his Biblical worldview.

    Enjoy the blog, I've been “lurking” till now! 🙂

  3. Well I don't think they can fire him since it was a one-time stint. They can certainly not invite him back as a judge. He broke the rules, you aren't supposed to ask politically oriented questions like that.

  4. I think so as well. I don't think there was any need for Pastor Warren to clear the air. If those homosexuals who know him personally know his record what is he worried about anyway? I did flub up quoting him – he said “he's not an anti-gay marriage activist. Huge difference. I'm still curious about why he feels the need to apologize for talking to his church about this issue.

  5. I went back and listened, and corrected the post above. That wasn't intentional. I apologize for the inaccuracy.

    I understand that he isn't an activist. A lot of pastors here in Iowa don't want to be seen that way either even though they are clear on marriage. I'm just curious why he felt like he needed to apologize for making a statement to his church. IMO he's doing his job as a pastor.

    Regarding his worldview… I don't want to take away what he has done, as he has done some great work, but as a pastor I have some huge problems on how he handles scripture, but that's a completely different topic and post.

  6. Warren's response to this is confusing. To me anyway. As you know, a good lie contains an element of truth. Let me say first off that I know that I am, apart from God's Grace in Christ, I am totally, utterly depraved , (words cannot describe) wretched and undeserving of salvation as we all are. What I fear is a movement of “evangelicals” who say that we need to open up our attitude towards lifestyle homosexuality, so as to “get people saved” They will say, “You do want people to get saved? Don't you? We all have to repent whatever our sin is.
    you do want

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