Senator Harry Reid: Hindu prays to who?

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.

8 thoughts on “Senator Harry Reid: Hindu prays to who?

  1. Ran across your blog entry while I was preparing a sermon. The last I read, Senator Reid was a mormon. Mormon doctrine is far from biblical doctrine and I have no reason to doubt that a mormon would make the same statement.

    “…I am one that believes prayer from non-believers can be answered…especially ones that simply say, ‘help me, Jesus!”

    John 9:21 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”

    Prayer from non-believers cannot be answered when God doesn’t hear sinners. Salvation, however, is an entirely different issue. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13 We could argue all day how a sinner calling out for salvation is God hearing said person’s prayer. However, there’s a huge difference between calling upon Jesus Christ to save you and asking God for what you want/need when a person isn’t saved.

    When a person is saved, God sees that person as righteous. 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” It is only by the atonement of sin that we are able to have fellowsip with God.

  2. Thank you, Tom. I agree with you. I was primarily talking about the prayer of a sinner who recognizes his sin and surrenders it to Jesus…I know of people whose “Help me, Jesus” prayer was answered when the 2 other things happended as well: recognition of sin and surrender to Jesus.

    Unlike Reid, who obviously believes in a universal, potluck religion.

  3. Reid apparently invited the Hindu man to open the senate that morning. I’d like to know who gave Senator Reid the authority to invite people of other religious backgrounds into the senate to begin with.

    Sadly I think the argument would be “We allow politicians of other religions… why not allow people to pray of other religions.”

  4. You are gravely in error. The Constitution, specifically the First Amendment, state that the government allows for free practice for members of all religions, not just Christianity.

  5. Jaxebast: This nation was founded based on Christianity. You can try to argue this point or negate the facts surrounding such, but you’ll only frustrate yourself. Now, ask yourself this question: Why did it take so long (200+ years) for a Hindu to pray for the senate? Is it because people are standing up for their rights more and more? Is it because people are becoming smarter and using the law against what some may call extremists? No. Bottom line: This nation is supposed to be a Christian nation. “Freedom of religion” meant something entirely different 200+ years ago.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

    Notice: “…shall make no law…respecting…prohibiting…”

    Perhaps the founding fathers were afraid of a government controlling religious beliefs and practices? What was being practiced back then? Christianity. Who and what were they trying to escape? Do the math.

  6. You lot are a bunch of intellectually-deprived primitive peasants. If you had your way, you would do to this country what the Taleban did to Afghanistan.

  7. @Dave Musil…don’t know who you are referring to…but if you are directing your comment to those that are pointing out the hypocracy of those that have no problem with Hindu prayer, yet are so opposed to Christian prayer…then you couldn’t be further from the truth. Imposing our belief system on anyone is the last thing we want.

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