I’ve commented before that, while I regularly read his blog, I do not always agree with Al Mohler because I find that he goes way off into right field about half the time. Today, though, I feel that his blog was spot on. He is commenting on President Elect Obama’s choice of Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual bishop from New Hampshire, to open the inauguration event in prayer.
Al Mohler is careful not to condemn the choice. In fact, he seems almost pleased with it because, I would gather, it shows that Obama is a man of his word. Obama has called his own inauguration event “The most inclusive ever,” and, according to Dr. Mohler, “He is making good on his promise.”
Mohler’s rub comes with Bishop Robinson himself. According to Robinson,
I am very clear…that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer.
He also stated that he may not even make the prayer to the Christian God, but rather to “the God of our many understandings.” Mohler refers to this “God of our many understandings” as “a confused composite — a very postmodern idol.”
Mohler is also clear to point out that Warren and Robinson are not, as the media wants to proclaim, representatives of the same religion. I have to agree.
Rick Warren is unabashedly Christian. He makes no bones about that. He believes that salvation is found in Jesus Christ by faith and that the Bible is God’s inspired words. He proclaims that. And I am almost certain that his prayer will reflect that belief.
Bishop Gene Robinson is of a different mind entirely. He has flat out stated that his prayer “will not be a Christian prayer.” Robinson has made publicly clear, in more ways than one, that he is not necessarily a representative of Christianity. In this case, he is being very clear on that. He will not be representing Christianity because his prayer, in his own words, will not be Christian.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. This should set very well with traditional Christians as Bishop Robinson is not claiming to represent them. But this should set well with the homosexual community (although it isn’t because they can’t seem to get over Rick Warren). Now, one of their own is going to be there, representing them in a manner that they have never been represented before: at a presidential inauguration, positively, and in a religious context. I personally feel that Bishop Robinson is a poor choice for that, but the gay community should be viewing this as a start.