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Tue Jul 15, 2014
Thank You, Brother Rick Warren
Rick Warren is a brother in Christ. Having spoken with him on the phone, spent time at his church, and shared dinner with him, I can assure you that he loves the Bible, loves Jesus, loves pastors, loves the church, and has a heart for the world. If you want to criticize him, of course you can. But remember, if you lived your life under the scrutiny that he does, you would likely be even easier to criticize. Also, remember that much of the criticism against him is often by those who, rather than praying for his ministry, criticize it out of jealousy. And, just so you know, not everything you read on the Internet is true.
The invitation for Warren to pray at the inauguration of Barack Obama was met with criticism from seemingly every side. Regardless, he did what 1 Timothy 2:1–3 commands:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.”
His prayer honored the same Jesus Christ that all true Christians worship as God. Sure, people will quibble over parts such as creation or the mention of Martin Luther King Jr., but such quibbling reveals more about the critics than it does the prayer. After all, what could have been more appropriate than simply quoting Jesus’ own prayer and letting Jesus have the final word to the watching world? (The entire transcript of Warren’s prayer is below.) Finally, today is a good day to follow brother Rick’s example and pray for our nation and its leaders. While we are at it, it would be good to also pray for Rick and the other pastors, that Jesus would be honored in our churches and from our pulpits.
Rick Warren's Prayer
Pastor Rick Warren will be speaking at our upcoming 2012 Resurgence Conference.