The choice of evangelical Rick Warren of the huge Saddleback Church in California to give the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration today rankled many Americans. I'm sure many wondered what he would say and were holding their breath as he prayed. I always wonder whether Christian clergymen will invoke the name of Jesus when they are praying in such a setting. Warren invoked the name in several languages, in fact.
He praised a God "loving to everyone you've made;" said we are celebrating "a hinge point of history" in inaugurating our first African-American president; said we are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled opportunity; asked that God help us to remember that we are Americans, united by our commitment to freedom and justice for all; asked in advance for forgiveness for any upcoming transgressions; and asked that we never forget that all people and all nations will stand accountable before God one day.
He then committed the Obamas unto God's care.
So how did he do?