The controversy regarding the invitation by Barack Obama for Rick Warren to pray at the inauguration tomorrow is getting out of hand. Christians are upset, non-Christians are upset, conservatives and liberals are both put off by the idea for political and so-called “moral” reasons.

Enough already.

Praying at a public, historical event doesn’t have to mean one is endorsing beliefs of others. I can’t speak for Obama’s motives in calling on this pastor to deliver the inaugural prayer, and I can’t speak for Warren’s motives in accepting the invitation.

But I know this: prayer isn’t partisan and it isn’t political. At least it shouldn’t be.


I Thessalonians 5:16-17  Be joyful always, pray continually. NIV

II Chronicles 7:14  If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  NIV