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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Height of Pagan Idolatry

For those who haven’t seen or read it yet, the “prayer” by openly gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson which opened our new president’s inauguration festivities is the height of blasphemy. Not only does he address the prayer to some mythical idol called “O God of our many understandings,” but the things he prays for are downright anti-biblical.

You can watch it here, or skip down and read the content below.

My last post was from the “What’s This World Coming To” file, but this should take the cake in that category. For a few better options of an inaugural prayer, check our Dr. Al Mohler’s offering here, or consider these selections collected by the folks at Pyromaniacs: here, here, or here.

Now, here are Bishop Robinson’s words:

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.

-By V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire


RA said...

The height of Pagan idolatry? Give me a break. Your post my represent the height of Christian judgment. The type the Bible instructs against. Get over it already. It's pathetic.

Scott said...

As long as you bring up the instruction of God's Word: we are commanded to be discerning, we are commanded to judge by the fruit, and we are commanded to proclaim the truth.

It's not overly judgmental to call it idolatry. God is clearly not the "god of many understandings." He is One, clearly revealed God in Christ. Apart from the Son, we can't know the Father.

It is not overly judgmental to condemn this plea for tolerance of practices that God's Word proclaims as an abomination.

It is not judgmental to warn others of this wishy-washy theology which lacks any biblical basis at all.

I appreciate you stopping by the site. And I pray that God will reveal His perfect Word to you so that you might see the attitude behind this prayer as the deceptive lie that it is. May God bring His blessing on you.