Majority Leader gives kudos to a country that allows a Hindu to open Senate prayer and who “can speak in communication with our heavenly Father regarding peace.”
July 13, 2007
While three protesters interrupted a Hindu cleric today who became the first from his religion to offer the Senate’s opening prayer, I wonder what was Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinking?
It was on his invite that Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nev. was able to give his prayer.
That’s all fine and dandy, but then for Reid to add that Zed’s prayer was one way to connect with God? Not so sure.
My belief is that Jesus is the door to God, so to make a definitive statement about Hindu prayer like Reid did was surprising…but then again, I know nothing of Reid’s relationship with the Lord, or even if he has one.
Here’s what Reid said: “I think it speaks well of our country that someone representing the faith of about a billion people comes here and can speak in communication with our heavenly Father regarding peace.”
I know that Jesus wants me to humble myself before Him, repent, and seek His way, before my prayer can be meaningful. That’s what I have been taught and that’s the way I feel.
So, in my way of thinking, Reid and his Hindu friend can live and “pray” in this give-peace-a-chance world all they want to, but their voices just may be null and void. And I add the word “may” because I am not the final judge on this matter. After all, I am one that believes prayer from non-believers can be answered…especially ones that simply say, “help me, Jesus!”
Do you think I’m harsh? Well, here is what the protesters yelled:
“Lord Jesus, forgive us, Father, for allowing the prayer of the wicked, which is an abomination in your sight.” The Senate’s sergeant at arms was instructed to restore order, but Zed was interrupted again.
“You shall have no other gods before you.”
The truth does hurt sometimes.
My big congrats goes to not only this country for allowing a Hindu to open the Senate with his version of prayer, but to the three protesters who dared to make their case.
As ill received as their protestations are probably being taken across this nation today, they made more sense than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s statement.