Monday, April 20, 2009
While it isn’t news worthy that a Baptist leader is opposed to gay marriage equality, what does deserve our attention is the Baptist leader is a member of President Obama’s so-called faith council.
Frank Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, SC, told Word & Way, a Missouri-based Baptist publication:
“I don’t want to say too much about it, because I want to look deeper into seeing what truly happened here. But I can say without reservation that pastors need to be salt and light, and the light of God’s word shows us that marriage is to be one man [and] one woman for life.”
Page was responding to remarks by Rick Warren on CNN’s Larry King that he was “totally oblivious” to a recent Iowa supreme court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Warren’s statements were part of an interview in which he sought, contrary to video evidence, to downplay his role in urging churchgoers to vote for Proposition 8, the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California. Obama tagged Rick Warren to perform the inaugural invocation.
Page went on to say:
“We cannot, cannot back away from that mandate from our Lord, and every pastor ought to be publicly and privately saying, ‘That is my agenda!'”
President Obama demonstrated extremely poor judgment thinking he could successfully reach out to the radical Christian community and influence their viciously homophobic world view. Especially, as it pertains to the issue of gay marriage.
In February, Mr. Obama appointed Pastor Page to the 25-member Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.