The 2013 inaugural of President Barack Hussein Obama will forever be known in religious circles, at least, as the year that a President went shopping for clerics for all seasons, so to speak to “bless” the proceedings. They surely lived up to the Apostle Paul’s indictment of the church at Corinth when he said, “Ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.” From my perspective it would have been better to have just forgone the prayers altogether, and to have just gone forward with the other carryings on. I sure liked Beyonce better, even if she did lip sync, which I wouldn’t have known if someone hadn’t outed her.
Now back to the so called preacher and preacherette. They must have gotten Myrlie Evers-Williams at Target to deliver the invocation, who took Rev. Louie Giglio’s place. Now why was Rev. Giglio scuttled from the Inaugural ship -- bad breath, under arm odor, ugly clerical robe? Oh no, when “Team Obama” vetted him they found out that twenty years ago, as a young preacher, he hadn’t learned to cover his politically correct bases, and he actually said what he meant from the pulpit, and revealed his true feelings about “gays” in a sermon, so he was disqualified.
Once they settled on the invocation the inaugural committee turned their attention to the benediction. They must have checked the Sunday papers and found that Wal-Mart was running a special on benediction preachers, so they clipped a coupon, and ran over at the last minute and picked up The Rev. Luis Leon.
Now Rev. Luie is a card or a cad, you pick’em; he certainly isn’t a theologian, even though he is an Episcopal priest and rector at St. John’s Church, a historic congregation located across the street from the White House. One of Rev. Luie’s gems was this inspirational nugget, “with your blessing, we can see each other created in your image, a unit of God’s grace, unprecedented, irrepeatable (sic) and irreplaceable.” That one should make the angels in heaven weep, I mean snicker. If you can figure out what it means please let me know. And then the Right Rev. Luie really begins to wax eloquent with the following tidbit of nonsense, as he continues to invoke his deity, “We pray for your blessing because without it, we will see only what the eye can see. But with the blessing of your blessing we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white, male or female, first generation or immigrant American, or daughter of the American Revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor.”
So President Barak got his money’s worth, a “preacher” that would use the politically correct word “gay” for homosexuals without putting the word in quotes. He would also declare sodomites to be an ethnic group, such as the brown, black, or white man, and the Rev. Luie even would be willing to carry the ruse to the extent that we now have a third gender, male, female and homo. And then the Rev. Luie tops the whole thing off by refusing to end his prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus, for which I am most happy that he did not. No doubt the Lord would have been ashamed to have had His name associated in anyway with this entire religious circus.
As to Myrlie Evers-Williams, we find that our Preacherette wasn’t even a Clergy person, but a seventy-nine year old civil rights activist. However, for a lay person she made about as much sense as The Rev. Luie with the following words. "America, we are here – Our Nation’s Capitol," Evers-Willliams invocation began. She asked for "blessings upon our leaders," but she did not invoke God in her opening. She spoke about mankind and womankind and the "promise of America."
Her invocation at one point mentioned the "Almighty," but she left out "Under God" in quoting the Pledge of Allegiance. The only time she mentioned God was when she said, "We invoke the prayers of our grandmothers, who taught us to pray, 'God, make me a blessing.'"
Toward the end of her invocation, Evers-Williams invoked "Jesus' name and the name of all who are holy and right, we pray. Amen."
When asked by Religion News Service in a Jan. 17 interview with Evers about her religious affiliation, Evers-Williams did not provide a definitive answer.
“I have been Baptist, I have been Methodist, I have been Presbyterian,” she said. “I have attended all of those churches depending on where I have lived in my life.”
Before we leave Sister Myrlie, let’s examine a little more closely those words, “In Jesus name and the name of all who are holy and right, we pray. Amen.” Now who are these “others” besides The Lord Jesus Christ who are “holy and right?” The rich young ruler tried to pull this off without success. He said to Jesus, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:” And of course the clear implication is that He was declaring Himself to be God. Now I wonder who she has in mind who these “holy and right beings might be? Could she mean Mohammed? Buddah? Zoroaster? Or any number of other so called “holy men?” The scriptures are clear, the very first commandment says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” I’m afraid the dear sister broke that one, possibly without realizing it.
But let’s get back to Rev. Looney, I mean Luie’s close out. He said, “Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, may God bless you all your days. All this we pray, in your most holy name, amen.” Now what is this all about? I can’t believe he meant that he was praying in the name of Barak Hussein Obama, and I’ll never believe that he meant to pray in the name of Joseph R. Biden. But just possibly with all of the Messianic overtures that we are seeing directed toward this President, including Newsweek Magazine referring to his second administration as the “Second Coming” on their cover of the Jan. 19 issue. If this is not the case, then tell us Rev. Luie, whose name do you refer to when you say, “in your most holy name?” Are you referring to the Christian God of the Bible who is a Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? And if so, which of the Trinity are you referring to when you said the singular, “name?”
Most people don’t understand that an inaugural prayer has been prepared very carefully and every word chosen on purpose and every sentence has a special meaning politically. It has also been presented to the inaugural committee for prior approval. These clergy men and women are not up there pastors in their pulpits, ministering to their congregation, but rather as actors, fulfilling their responsibility as a surrogate for the President of the United States, to make sure that even in their prayer they present his political philosophy, and make him “look good.”
In this instance the Rev. Luie and Myrlie are up there to pray politically correct prayers that are ecumenical, unifying, inclusive, and racially diversified. So there can be no prayer in “Jesus name”, but there can be a prayer in the name of those who are “holy and right”, because everyone can decide for themselves who is holy and and right. And there can be a prayer in the name of “your most holy name”, because again, each one can decide whose name is holy. There is no offense to this religion. In fact, Addie Whisenant, a spokesman for the committee said that the person chosen to replace Giglio would “reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”
The reason that the Christian religion is an offense to the world is because it is an exclusive religion, not inclusive. The cross of Christ is not smooth, it is rugged. The world doesn’t want a rugged cross, they want a smooth cross that includes, not one that excludes. They want one that includes sinners without repentance. Christianity includes all sinners who will repent and turn to Christ through the provision of the shed blood of the Cross. The Lord Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”
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