Al Mohler recently posted on Rick Warren giving the invocation at Obama’s inauguration, and at the end of his fine essay he added a postscript saying that he himself would not accept such an honor because of Obama’s views on abortion. Mohler wrote:
“President-elect Obama has pledged to sign legislation including the Freedom of Choice Act, which would affect a pro-abortion revolution in this nation. He has also pledged to sign executive orders within hours of taking office that will lead directly to a vast increase in the destruction of human life. In particular, he has promised to reverse the Bush administration’s policy limiting federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research. Sources inside the transition office have advised activists to expect a flurry of executive orders in the new administration’s first hours and days.”
“Knowing the intentions of this President-elect, I could not in good conscience offer a formal prayer at his inauguration. Even in the short term, I could not live in good conscience with what will come within hours. I could not accept a public role in the event of his inauguration nor offer there a public prayer, but I will certainly be praying for this new President and for the nation under his leadership.”
This morning’s Grand Rapids Press had a story on Ed Dobson’s year of living like Jesus (eating kosher food, observing a Jewish Sabbath, and enjoying an occasional beer), and in the article Ed made the point that he had voted for Obama because , although he disagreed with Obama on abortion, he “felt, as an individual, he was closer to the spirit of Jesus’ teachings than anyone else. (Obama) was a community organizer, so he was into the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, which Jesus is very much into.”
So here are two prominent evangelical leaders, one whose conscience led him to vote for Obama and the other whose conscience would prevent him from praying at his invocation. Which one is closest to being right, in your view?
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