Thursday, November 30, 2006

Obama at Saddleback

Why must everything be a controversy? When did we decide that every choice made by every other person is a reason for us to be up in arms? Maybe the drama and confusion keeps us from dealing with the mundane, day to day issues of our own lives.

I was actually surprised and pleased that Rick Warren, "Purpose Driven..." pastor of Saddleback Church is talking about and responding to the Global AIDS crisis and I was extremely impressed that the 60 speakers for the conference will include Sen. Barak Obama.

Now, predictably, some from the far Right are protesting that Obama has even been invited. Why? Because he is pro-choice. But the conference is about AIDS, not procreative freedom. Why shun a public figure from the discussion on AIDS because you disagree with him on a totally separate issue?

To be sure, the Saddleback extravaganza will include more conservative voices, but a willingness to be in dialogue and to be civil toward at least one person with a differing view shouldn't be seen as a threat. This is a good sign. This is a much needed step toward social maturity.

We don't have to think alike to care about the same issues. We don't have to agree to have a conversation. We don't have to be the same in order to work together on issues that impact us all. Why is that so hard for some of us to understand? Kudos to Rev. Rick Warren who seems to be light years ahead of some in his community.

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