Pastor Rick Warren, who opposes same-sex marriage, will deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Local church leaders share their views of the choice:
Scott Hubbard, co-pastor, Crossroads/Heartland Better Together: "He probably made a good choice. I think Rick will do a good job. He probably won't be controversial. Sometimes people tend to make him that way. Rick Warren represents everybody."
John Kah, pastor, St. Peter Lutheran Church: "I think it's too cool. I know Rick. I've been watching him the last 15 years. He's the real deal. There's no political posturing that Rick would be involved in. None of this is for headlines. He is sincerely interested in influencing the world for the sake of the gospel. He's down to earth."
Bob Mattheis, retired Lodi pastor: "We are a diverse country, and the people who appreciate Rick Warren are a part of this country. Barack Obama is signaling that he is going to govern from the center and not push ideological agendas. That's what I hope is going to happen. I would be happy if there was someone (praying at the inauguration) who is a supporter of gay rights."
Mark Price, pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church: "I am thankful that a Christian was asked to pray regardless of their personal viewpoints. In this era of deep diversity, I hope that I do not have to agree on every single topic for me to be able to pray with another Christian. I think America would be well served if the prominent pastors of the left, like Jesse Jackson and Katharine Jefferts Schori, would get together with prominent pastors of the political right such as the Rick Warren and Pat Robertson, for a weekend retreat spent in prayer, Bible study, service and worship."
Craig Dale, pastor, Galt United Methodist Church: "One thing Obama said he would do is to find a center and ask people to join him. He is living that out certainly in asking Rick Warren to come. The key is that he talked about trying to gather all sides together to move the country forward and bring healing. There are going to be some disagreements, but we need to gather around for the greater good."