I’m putting off the third post dealing with God’s Knowledge for later today. The reason is that I am compelled to address Obama’s Abomination… which took place before his first day in office!
Barack Obama asked the openly gay non-celibate Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson to pray during the Presidential inaugural festivities. Every Christian should be grieved and outraged that the elected leader of the United States would have the audicity to do such a thing! This is nothing less than an abomination is the sight of Almighty God.
If you think those words too harsh, consider what The New York Times reported Gene Robinson had to say about his prayer…
Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.”
“I am very clear,” he said, “that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer.”
Bishop Robinson said he might address the prayer to “the God of our many understandings,” language that he said he learned from the 12-step program he attended for his alcohol addiction.
Read those underlined phrases again. Mr. Obama choosing a man with such a blatant disregard for Jehovah God is to invite God’s judgement. It looks as though the moral fiber of the Judeo/Christian ethic is being assaulted with ever increasing fervor… in the name of inclusiveness.
And Gene Robinson kept his word on Monday and prayed to a false god he called, “The god of our many understadings.” That is blasphemy. You can read the text of his prayer by clicking here… This is in sharp contrast to Rick Warren who plans to pray in Jesus’ name a prayer consistent with his calling as an evangelical pastor (See end of post for text of his prayer).
Homosexuality is an abomination before God just like lying, stealing, adultery, and greed are. Those who practice such behavior are excluded by God from heaven. It is therefore a great sin for Obama to choose a man to pray who, in the name of God, contradicts God’s clearly revealed will. It is wrong for a man who claims to represent God to reject the faith in the name of inclusion and tolerace. God has a message for unfaithul shepherds of His people…
Now consider God’s perspective…
Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Proverbs 29:4 By justice a king builds up the land…
Proverbs 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; 5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
What is the Christian response? That is clear in Scripture…
1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
If Mr. Obama’s choice of Gene Robinson to pray is any indicator of the next four years, America is in for dark difficult days that only God can prevent. Thus Christians must pray for the President to come to a knowledge of the Truth and that he honor God before man or any group men represent. Yet know that those who support the choosing of Gene Robinson will be hostile toward those who oppose the decision.
Here are the thoughts I suggest you read from Dr. Albert Mohler and Dr. John Piper on this topic. Then on a somewhat related note, Dr. Ray Pritchard has an excellent article on Why Interfaith Services Don’t Work.
Here is the text of Rick Warren’s prayer and you will notice a significant difference from Gene Robinson’s prayer…
Almighty God, Our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of You alone. It all comes from You, it all belongs to You, it all exists for Your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us, ‘Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one’ and You are the compassionate and merciful one and You are loving to everyone You have made.
Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 43rd time, we celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the united states. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where a son of an African Immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.
Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet and every one of our freely elected leaders.
Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans. United not by race or religion or by blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us.
When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches and civility in our attitudes—even when we differ.
Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day, all nations, all people will stand accountable before You. We now commit our new president and his wife Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.
I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, Esa, Jesus, Jesus—who taught us to pray:
Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.