20 January 2009

Not Very Unifying

"Benediction at Obama 's inauguration, Rev. Joseph Lowery: 'Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen'..." (From the Drudge Report)

Was that really necessary? Was the inauguration of the man who says he wants to "heal the Nation" really the proper venue for such divisive rhetoric in a prayer?

And then there's this:

"Some in the crowd, weary of Bush's eight years in office, booed the president when the large viewing screens near the World War II Memorial flashed an image of the exiting president arriving at the swearing-in ceremony." (Complete story here.)

I know that President Obama did not approve of that conduct (booing President Bush) and I'm confident he would have stopped it if he could have. But despite the symbolism, despite President Obama's speech, despite the gushing media groupies, despite starry-eyed followers; it appears that little has changed. I honestly hope I'm wrong. Time will tell. Nonetheless, may God give President Obama the wisdom and courage to lead our Nation in the way of righteousness. And may the President listen to that still, small voice.

5 comments:

Pam Walter said...

Hear! Hear! Although I did not vote for Obama, he is now my president and deserves a chance. www.satisfiedsole.com

Stephen Boyd said...

The Reverend seemed to forget that he was talking to God and decided to issue a political statement for the benefit of his supporters.

God save us!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Pam:

I grow more pessimistic with each passing day.

Stephen:

Highly inappropriate. If that had been Pat Robertson at a Republican inauguration "praying" something that divisive, we'd still be hearing the media elites talking about it and the Republicans would have apologized ad nauseam. Clearly the media has a double standard. What they don't have, however, is credibility. They're laughable.

Gil said...

When I was a basic student at the Naval Chaplain School, and later as an instructor, I said two things about invocations/benedictions:
1. An invitation to pray is not an invitation to preach.
2. You can acknowldege God's presence and invoke his blessing with words that fit on one side of a 3x5 card.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Gil:

Very good points and ones that should be adhered to.