Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson has been tapped to speak at an inaugural event for President Elect Barack Obama. That a gay minister is going to speak at a liberal gathering is not a surprise to me: liberal democrats are the party of “anything goes” or “everything is valued” (so nothing is really valued).
What strikes me as odd is some of Bishop Robinson’s comments about how he’s going to conduct his part of the event.
Although he’s not sure what he’s going to say, he isn’t going to use a bible. OneNewsNow reports that he said, “While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans,” Robinson said. “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation.” And he isn’t going to say “Jesus” anywhere either, lest someone be offended by this Christian minister.
MitchNews said, “It’s a shame that President-elect Obama apparently has so little regard for his Christian constituents that he would give such a high place of honor to a self-styled man of God whose only claim to fame is that he abandoned his wife and children to enter, ‘loudly and proudly,’ a sexually deviant lifestyle expressly condemned by the very Bible he’s ironically called ‘holy and sacred.’ “
Robinson is going to “be careful not to be especially Christian in [his] prayer.” Why do we even need an Episcopal bishop to speak? Omit any religious person! Toss Rick Warren off Tuesday’s schedule! Aren’t we supposed to be praying to Obama anyway? The “messiah” should speak out, “Omit every religious reference at all!” Then no one will be offended, right?! Well that is offensive to me. I’m sure it’s offensive to anyone who believes this nation’s founding fathers wanted a nation that – although not a theocracy – continuously gives honor to the God of our mostly Judeo/Christian heritage. Our nation was (and is) based on this:
For the LORD is our judge,The LORD is our lawgiver,The LORD is our king; He will save us. – Isaiah 33:22 (note the 3 branches of government)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. – Psalms 33:12
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
“whenever we step aside from the first article (that of believing in God), we wander into a labyrinth of uncertainty,” – Thomas Paine
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” – Patrick Henry
“Without a humble imitation of the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, we can never hope to be a happy nation.” – George Washington
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson
What is clear is that Episcopal Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson doesn’t know Christianity. Robinson is ecumenical alright: he is very inclusive. And that is great. Because Jesus was totally inclusive too: He invited everyone to come to him with all their sins and failings, BUT Jesus refused to let them stay that way. He healed them, encouraged them, and showed them a better way of really living, saying “go and sin no more.” Those who came to Jesus were changed!
Bishop Robinson said, “It’s important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way,” Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday’s editions. “Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters.”
Know what? Jesus represents. It’s almost incomprehensible that God became man. He relates in a way that no one else can. He was tempted in every (Hebrews 4:15) but was without sin. We all have temptations. We all sin. We all have our issues. Jesus knows this. Homosexuals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, liars and people who take God’s name in vain are all free to come to him for forgiveness (not acceptance) of sins. Indeed the better way is, “go and sin no more.”
Robinson also said, the choice of evangelical pastor Rick Warren to give Tuesday’s invocation was like a slap in the face.
I think the choice of Robinson for Bishop is a slap in the face of Christ.