February 09, 2007

Imam Opens Democrat's Winter Meeting In Prayer

Listening to the news one day last week I heard about some Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Michigan being kicked off with an Islamic prayer.

"With heads bowed reverently, Democrats were led in prayer yesterday by a Muslim imam who essentially asked Allah to assist in converting the party members to Islam according to a scholar and author." Reported the World Net Daily.

I tracked it down and retrieved the actual prayer. I was relieved that the story was definitely over-hyped even if utterly inappropriate. Here is the prayer for your listening pleasure.

"In the name of God the most merciful, the most compassionate. We thank you, God, to bless us among your creations. We thank you, God, to make us as a great nation. We thank you God, to send us your messages through our father Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Muhammad. Through you, God, we unite. So guide us to the right path. The path of the people you bless, not the path of the people you doom. Help us God to liberate and fill this earth with justice and peace and love and equality. And help us to stop the war and violence, and oppression and occupation. Amen."

While utterly inappropriate, conservatives and Christians do the cause no favor by sensationalizing points that will not be understood by any but the most studied in the particulars of Islam.

The prayer is offensive to me as a Christian because it places Jesus--the one I view as God incarnate--on the same plain as Abraham, Moses and Muhammad--mere men who all died because of sin's penalty.

Can you imagine though the Government of Iraq inviting me to open a meeting of theirs in prayer and I pray, "Thank you Lord Jesus Christ--Immanuel--God With Us, for showing that you are Very God and for sending Abraham, Moses and Allah; mere servants of Yours, the only True God, Most High."

Besides being factually incorrect, the prayer would be blasphemous to a good Muslim and the death sentence would be on my head.

That is what was wrong with the Imam praying as He did, and praying at all with representatives of our nation. Can you imagine the Dems asking a Christian--a real Christian--to pray opening their meeting? They do all they can to marginalize us, and to silence us.

Yet again, the wayward leaders of this nation are signing our death warrants--for God will not be mocked. If it seems this nation of ours has lost its mind--in a very real sense it has. For when one loses touch with its Creator, it has lost touch with reality. I call that insanity.


Blogger Caesar said...

see you've got your facts all wrong Allah = god (in arabic tht is) how could a human send down god? atleast do your research before typing. Next thing the Imam mentioned all names to represent the three faiths. He didnt call muhammad the last prophet of god or anything he merely mentioned the name to represent muslims as well as christand and jews.

3:12 PM  
Blogger PB said...

I understand what you are trying to say but you err both in your understanding of what I wrote and of theology.

The point is--Jesus is viewed in Islam as a mere mortal--a man as you state. He was and is in fact--"Immanuel" which in Hebrew means "God with us." I know quite well what "allah" means which is theologically speaking--blasphemous for allah is a nothing; a concept, an idea. Jesus is the ONE true God; the only God and which is why what the Imam said is offensive. Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment.

5:27 PM  

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