Advice for President Elect Obama on Rick Warren
Max’s advice for January 1, 2009
Dear President Elect Obama,
Max grew up as the son of a man who knew ‘ALL’ the answers to the problems of the world. Max’s father said so! Many times, his father let everyone know that anyone who didn’t know that he had the answers was a turkey or a knucklehead.
The famous Ma Bell thought so much of Max’s father’s opinions, that the made him ‘Supervisor of Troubles’. This is true!
If Ma Bell was impressed, you can imagine how Max was impressed that the second most powerful force in the world (next to God of course) believed that his dad knew all the answers.
Now for the advice Max promised you, Mr. President Elect.
Max, like many Americans, would like you to show that you know how to be steady in your choices. You have chosen Pastor Warren for some reason, therefore you should stick to your choice. America needs a sense that you are willing to stand up for your decisions for better or worse.
That is the advice part. Stick to the script that you are writing.
Max understands that the crowd is now howling at the gate for you to uninvite Pastor Rick Warren from your circle. Though Pastor Warren is very different than Pastor Wright, you have won the election so you don’t have to throw this pastor under the bus too!
It is clear that Pastor Warren’s comments on the Larry King show on CNN in 2005, where he said essentially that he believes that homosexuality disproves evolution, cmbined with his views against gay marriage, has rankled your core supporters.
Max also understands that the Pastor has come under attack from so-called right side of the evangelical community for using a lot of different bible translations to define his views of what Jesus meant. They claim he doesn’t believe in much of anything. He has even been accused of associating with Catholics and Muslims, if you can believe it.
Max just thinks he was trying to sell more books.
Pastor Rick just can’t please either side of the political spectrum. He is a perfect selection for the job.
In this attempt to be inclusive, you have included nearly everyone from both sides of the Christian community in showing a deep interest in your selection. It shows that you have a fine eye for creating controversy, especially in religion.
By the time of your inauguration, twenty days from now, it is possible that everyone, Protestan, Jew, Atheist, Mormon, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Democrat, Republican and Green will have an opinion on the place of prayer in swearing in a president.
As an American citizen Max wishes you well in your choice.
Max wishes your family a Merry New Year.