Brian McLaren endorses Obama during Rick Warren’s Civil Forum

Brian McLaren and the Matthew25 Network paid for and aired an Obama endorsement on CNN during the Saddleback Civil Forum hosted by Rick Warren. The ad that aired clearly hinted at, in my opinion, the failed marriage of John McCain while praising the family values of Obama.  I have no issue with pastors endorsing their choice as citizens (just not in the pulpit), just that this is a low-blow political ad promoted by Christians in a time where civility is needed.

The irony is that this Matthew25 Network has a letter of invite where McLaren says, “too many of our fellow Christians slip into a ‘culture war’ mindset where neighbors became enemies to be defeated and silenced, not loved as we love ourselves.”   They say this while mimicking techniques of the very religious right they are trying to move away from.  Dobson does not speak for me, and for this neither will a McLaren.

I think it is not loving as Christians to hint at a comparison of marriages between Obama and McCain.  Tasteless.  Really, this is sad.  The very night that shined for civil discourse from Rick Warren’s questions, has a slight taint from other Christian leaders who really are not playing quite as far above the fray as they claim.

HT:  Tyler Braun

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44 comments

  1. Wow – McClaren fails. This is such a bigger fail than all his other fails.
    “Including his own!” “hmm!” What a joke.

    The implication is lame. McCain even had the guts to address this issue boldly and honestly during the interview.

    I’m a divorced guy. That’s doesn’t mean I don’t stand by my family.

  2. Wow – McClaren fails. This is such a bigger fail than all his other fails.
    “Including his own!” “hmm!” What a joke.

    The implication is lame. McCain even had the guts to address this issue boldly and honestly during the interview.

    I’m a divorced guy. That’s doesn’t mean I don’t stand by my family.

  3. Wow – McClaren fails. This is such a bigger fail than all his other fails.
    “Including his own!” “hmm!” What a joke.

    The implication is lame. McCain even had the guts to address this issue boldly and honestly during the interview.

    I’m a divorced guy. That’s doesn’t mean I don’t stand by my family.

  4. Wow – McClaren fails. This is such a bigger fail than all his other fails.
    “Including his own!” “hmm!” What a joke.

    The implication is lame. McCain even had the guts to address this issue boldly and honestly during the interview.

    I’m a divorced guy. That’s doesn’t mean I don’t stand by my family.

  5. Billy…I will not bash McLaren (neither are you), who’s writings I admit reading and respecting. It is just this seems off for a pastor to be part of a “typical” political ad while trying to say their movement is “loving” in this case. Perhaps a bad error?

  6. Billy…I will not bash McLaren (neither are you), who’s writings I admit reading and respecting. It is just this seems off for a pastor to be part of a “typical” political ad while trying to say their movement is “loving” in this case. Perhaps a bad error?

  7. Billy…I will not bash McLaren (neither are you), who’s writings I admit reading and respecting. It is just this seems off for a pastor to be part of a “typical” political ad while trying to say their movement is “loving” in this case. Perhaps a bad error?

  8. Billy…I will not bash McLaren (neither are you), who’s writings I admit reading and respecting. It is just this seems off for a pastor to be part of a “typical” political ad while trying to say their movement is “loving” in this case. Perhaps a bad error?

  9. I don’t believe God’s plan is ever for divorce, but where is the compassion. Who knows where McCain’s head was during those years following his inprisionment. I can’t begin to know or understand the circumstances surrounding his divorce. My goodness, that was a low blow.
    Very Low Indeed.

  10. I don’t believe God’s plan is ever for divorce, but where is the compassion. Who knows where McCain’s head was during those years following his inprisionment. I can’t begin to know or understand the circumstances surrounding his divorce. My goodness, that was a low blow.
    Very Low Indeed.

  11. I don’t believe God’s plan is ever for divorce, but where is the compassion. Who knows where McCain’s head was during those years following his inprisionment. I can’t begin to know or understand the circumstances surrounding his divorce. My goodness, that was a low blow.
    Very Low Indeed.

  12. I don’t believe God’s plan is ever for divorce, but where is the compassion. Who knows where McCain’s head was during those years following his inprisionment. I can’t begin to know or understand the circumstances surrounding his divorce. My goodness, that was a low blow.
    Very Low Indeed.

  13. For me, this is just further evidence that no one seems to know how to honor God anymore in their political discourse.

  14. For me, this is just further evidence that no one seems to know how to honor God anymore in their political discourse.

  15. For me, this is just further evidence that no one seems to know how to honor God anymore in their political discourse.

  16. For me, this is just further evidence that no one seems to know how to honor God anymore in their political discourse.

  17. I’m going try and not sink to McLaren’s level, so all I will say is that if you know anything about his M.O. and theology, this is not surprising behavior at all…

  18. I’m going try and not sink to McLaren’s level, so all I will say is that if you know anything about his M.O. and theology, this is not surprising behavior at all…

  19. I’m going try and not sink to McLaren’s level, so all I will say is that if you know anything about his M.O. and theology, this is not surprising behavior at all…

  20. I’m going try and not sink to McLaren’s level, so all I will say is that if you know anything about his M.O. and theology, this is not surprising behavior at all…

  21. I would love to hear Driscoll’s response to this.

  22. I would love to hear Driscoll’s response to this.

  23. I would love to hear Driscoll’s response to this.

  24. I would love to hear Driscoll’s response to this.

  25. Good thoughts Rich. I don’t think he is becoming an opposite of Dobson…but he is lurking towards that direction I think. I’ll be interested to see how his involvement with the Obama campaign plays out in the next 3 months.

  26. Good thoughts Rich. I don’t think he is becoming an opposite of Dobson…but he is lurking towards that direction I think. I’ll be interested to see how his involvement with the Obama campaign plays out in the next 3 months.

  27. Good thoughts Rich. I don’t think he is becoming an opposite of Dobson…but he is lurking towards that direction I think. I’ll be interested to see how his involvement with the Obama campaign plays out in the next 3 months.

  28. Good thoughts Rich. I don’t think he is becoming an opposite of Dobson…but he is lurking towards that direction I think. I’ll be interested to see how his involvement with the Obama campaign plays out in the next 3 months.

  29. I think the bigger slam was to the religious right in general, who have used “family values” often as a club to beat up opponents with, yet dismiss those values when it doesn’t fit their political ends.

  30. I think the bigger slam was to the religious right in general, who have used “family values” often as a club to beat up opponents with, yet dismiss those values when it doesn’t fit their political ends.

  31. I think the bigger slam was to the religious right in general, who have used “family values” often as a club to beat up opponents with, yet dismiss those values when it doesn’t fit their political ends.

  32. I think the bigger slam was to the religious right in general, who have used “family values” often as a club to beat up opponents with, yet dismiss those values when it doesn’t fit their political ends.

  33. Andrew…So, lets just act like the religious right and club them and be hypocrites, too? Hmmm. Makes no sense.
    The fact is that there IS a slam as you say and McLaren said he was above that. Apparently not. That had not integrity whatsoever.

  34. Andrew…So, lets just act like the religious right and club them and be hypocrites, too? Hmmm. Makes no sense.
    The fact is that there IS a slam as you say and McLaren said he was above that. Apparently not. That had not integrity whatsoever.

  35. Andrew…So, lets just act like the religious right and club them and be hypocrites, too? Hmmm. Makes no sense.
    The fact is that there IS a slam as you say and McLaren said he was above that. Apparently not. That had not integrity whatsoever.

  36. Andrew…So, lets just act like the religious right and club them and be hypocrites, too? Hmmm. Makes no sense.
    The fact is that there IS a slam as you say and McLaren said he was above that. Apparently not. That had not integrity whatsoever.

  37. No, but I am not mixing the comparisons that way. I was not saying it was ok, I just think people are perhaps missing the larger connection. I don’t think it is hypocritical to point out to the Religious Right that they tossed out the window one of their core values the minute it didn’t line up along party lines in a way that was advantageous for them.
    I think it would have better to address it that way directly, instead of coming in sideways using McCain as an object lesson. However, I think it would be very disingenuous for someone who is decidedly right wing to go around pointing it out. That person would have little moral authority to do so.

  38. No, but I am not mixing the comparisons that way. I was not saying it was ok, I just think people are perhaps missing the larger connection. I don’t think it is hypocritical to point out to the Religious Right that they tossed out the window one of their core values the minute it didn’t line up along party lines in a way that was advantageous for them.
    I think it would have better to address it that way directly, instead of coming in sideways using McCain as an object lesson. However, I think it would be very disingenuous for someone who is decidedly right wing to go around pointing it out. That person would have little moral authority to do so.

  39. No, but I am not mixing the comparisons that way. I was not saying it was ok, I just think people are perhaps missing the larger connection. I don’t think it is hypocritical to point out to the Religious Right that they tossed out the window one of their core values the minute it didn’t line up along party lines in a way that was advantageous for them.
    I think it would have better to address it that way directly, instead of coming in sideways using McCain as an object lesson. However, I think it would be very disingenuous for someone who is decidedly right wing to go around pointing it out. That person would have little moral authority to do so.

  40. No, but I am not mixing the comparisons that way. I was not saying it was ok, I just think people are perhaps missing the larger connection. I don’t think it is hypocritical to point out to the Religious Right that they tossed out the window one of their core values the minute it didn’t line up along party lines in a way that was advantageous for them.
    I think it would have better to address it that way directly, instead of coming in sideways using McCain as an object lesson. However, I think it would be very disingenuous for someone who is decidedly right wing to go around pointing it out. That person would have little moral authority to do so.

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