Rugaciunea lui Rick Warren la Inaugurare

Am fost rugat sa comentez o rugaciune. Nu am obiceiul. Tineti minte ca exista o intamplare cand un rege i-a strigat celui care se ruga: Mai tare! si el i-a raspuns: Nu vorbeam cu dumneavoastra, sire!

Din pacate insa, rugaciunea publica de la inaugurarea presedintelui american a devenit mai mult o proclamatie propagandistica, decat o conversatie cu Dumnezeu. Sunt sigur ca atunci cand se roaga acasa pentru Obama, Rick Warren foloseste o cu totul alta rugaciune. Asta nu inseamna insa ca cea rostita in public a fost rea. Iata parerile altor lideri de opinie din America:

1. Stunningly good, I thought. And has anybody ever prayed the Our Father at the Inaugural? Warren is now the new Billy Graham, no doubt about it. – Rod Dreher (aici)

2. Rev. Rick Warren’s prayer was very beautiful and traditional for the US of America. Even with its many problems and imperfections, people from all over the world clamor to be here because G-d has richly blessed this nation. Can someone tell me of a successful atheist society that has flourished? What comes to mind — the old USSR, Cuba and Red China. Not very good examples for the promotion of atheism to me. The religion of atheism brings destitution to the heart, lack of humanity and dismal financial futures to those under its auspices. But even in America we are free to practice it.

3. I’m glad Pastor Rick reminded us that Jesus’ real name is Joshua. That’s inclusive not exclusive. Joshua entered the Promised Land by faith – faith in God’s covenant with Abraham through which the whole world would be blessed. It was Moses, who represented the Law (all that excludes) who could not enter Canaan. And just to demonstrate his melodramic credentials, God draws our attention to two people from the Battle of Jericho; Achan and Rahab. Achan broke only one commandment “thou shall not steal”. Rahab, a prostitute, probably broke most of them. Which one did God accept? Which one did he reject? And why? It was Rahab’s descendant, Joshua Ben Joseph, who hung on a cross for all humanity. Thank you Pastor Rick.

4. So, Rick Warren is going to use the name of Jesus in his prayer, and his prayer may not reflect the views of all Americans. So what?

Obama’s speech probably won’t reflect the views of McCain voters, and the prayer of Bishop Eugene Robinson, the nation’s first openly gay Episcopal Bishop may not reflect the views of many Americans either. That’s what makes America great. Everybody gets to speak their minds and not worry about about having to perfectly reflect the views of people who disagree with them.

I hope Bishop Robinson follows Warren’s lead and prays the way he wants to and not the way others want him to, and in a manner that is reflective of his views and not the views of those he may disagree with. Why should any of us be in the business of telling ministers, or any American, how to practice their religion or what to say to their God?


Invoking Rick Warren

So, it was his big day, and how did he do? “About, oh, maybe 10 people eventually clapped” as he made his way to the podium, reports Liza Porteus Viana at Political Machine. No, not President Obama, but the Rev. Rick Warren . She continues:

The founder and senior pastor of the Saddleback Church in Orange County, CA, no doubt took the podium with at least a little trepidation, given the outcry over his selection by the gay community. Even though the Warren dustup wasted several days’ worth of headlines after Obama announced his selection, it appears now no one cares too much.

A new Gallup Poll just out shows that most Americans either approve of Warren giving the invocation or don’t even know he was doing so, while just 9 percent disapprove of Warren’s role. Even among liberals, support for Obama’s choice far outweighs disapproval, 39 percent to 16 percent. Among Democrats, there is 37 percent approval compared to 10 percent disapproval. Among liberals, the numbers are similar with 39% approving and 16% disapproving. Approval is obviously higher among Republicans and conservatives.

As many have said, Warren just prayed, he wasn’t trying to convert anybody or espouse any perceived “anti-gay” message. In fact, as he prayed, you saw people with hands outstretched, crying. They were taken with the moment. It was a testament to Obama’s inclusion of people of all views.

The Weekly Standard’s Mary Katherine Ham, however, thought it went off well.

All that fuss for nothing.

Pastor Rick Warren delivered his much-anticipated invocation Tuesday, calling the inauguration of the first black president a “hinge-point of history” that has “Dr. King and a great crowd of witnesses are shouting in heaven.”

He asked blessings upon Obama, his family, and all freely elected leaders, saying, “Give to your new president the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead with integrity, and the compassion to lead with generosity.”

Warren’s prayer was not short on praise for America herself, either:

We are so grateful to live in this land, one of unequal possibility…Let us remember we are united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

He closed by committing “our new president,” his wife and children to God’s care.

“I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, Jesus, Jesús,” he said before closing with this Lord’s Prayer.

But for the liberal blogger D-Day, Rick Warren ruined a perfect day: “First of all, how dare he even mention Martin Luther King. Second, those portions which were not direct quotes from scripture were a mess. He got little more than polite applause and the complete mess he made of the invocation showed that what applause he got wasn’t earned. And his presence kind of snapped me out of the spectacle of the whole thing, realized that we still have differences, we still have a lot to fight for, and we still have a long way to go.”

Salon’s Gabriel Winant is a bit more understanding:

You may happen to recall a little bit of concern on the left about Barack Obama’s selection of the not-exactly-liberal Rick Warren to perform the inaugural invocation. The megachurch pastor from southern California, though touted as a new kind of evangelical, has taken traditional, conservative stands on gay rights. (For example, his website called homosexuality “an enormous sin.”)

Well, Warren’s just done the deed, and suffice it to say, he left the gay-bashing home in Orange County. Gay-rights groups and liberals can still be mad at his presence (and understandably a little protective of separation of church and state), but it’s hard to get mad at the specific content of a prayer as stock as it gets. Pastor Rick hit all the classic notes—the Lord’s Prayer, the Shma (Judaism’s main prayer–that bit about “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one). He even danced up close to referring to global warming:

Help us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all. May all people of goodwill today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet.

While Maggie Gallagher at National Review thinks the minister opened the multicultural floodgates: “Rev. Rick Warren mentioned the J-word in his prayer, but Pres. Obama claims the first Hindu shoutout in American inaugural history: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers.”

Well, Maggie, just imagine how America’s Sikhs must feel ….

6. Imi rezerv numarul imperfectiunii (6) pentru a spune ce cred eu: Important nu este ce parere avem noi de rugaciunea lui Rick Warren, ci ce parere are Dumnezeu. Credeti ca ii raspunde la aceasta rugaciune sau nu? Asta cred ca este cea mai mare chestiune a zilei.

Doamne, te rog, raspunde-i.

  • Cred ca rugaciune de la Inaugurare face parte dintr-un tipar religiosin care a functionat in America pana acum. Dupa inaugurare a urmat un dineu de gala inceput, ati ghicit, tot cu rugaciune (ca si fiecare sesiune a Congresului de altfel). A doua zi dupa Inaugurare, primul lucru (de protocol) pe care a trebuit sa-l faca noul presedinte a fost sa participe la o slujba divina tinuta intr-o catedrala. Acolo s-a cerut calauzirea divina pentru Obama. Ca din intamplare, alaturi de el era asezata familia Clinton (care a pierdut aceasta calauzire in vremea propriului mandat).
  • Cred ca in acest tipar religios, responsabilii au cautat un inlocuitor al lui Billy Graham pentru generatia de acum si l-au identificat in persoana lui Rick Warren, pastorul pastorilor, autorul unor carti care s-au vandut in tiraje record. Tiparul religios american are pozitii prestabilite. Ca la orice tipar liturgic, se schimba numai cei care le ocupa.

Ce se va intampla atunci cand se va schimba tiparul de la Inaugurare? Va mai fi prevazuta aparitia unui reprezentant al religiei predominante? Care va fi aceasta?

  • Cred ca va trebui sa continuam sa ne rugam pentru presedinte fie ca o vom face in public sau nu. Asa ne indeamna Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu si este de datoria noastra. Eu o fac chiar daca nu sunt chemat la Washington. Am facut-o in biserica, o fac acasa si continui sa o fac ori de cate ori imi aduc aminte. Stiu ca de aceasta rugaciune a mea depinde foarte mult. Dumnezeu o asculta.

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12 replies

  1. Rugaciunea pentru Omaba continua … doar ca e putin diferit “peisajul”

  2. Este extraordinar de intelept ca un presedinte sa-si inceapa mandatul cu Dumnezeu Tatal! Este extraordinar cand mai intai este cinstit Dumnezeu! Sa speram ca va incheia mandatul ori mandatele tot cu Dumnezeu. Vom avea si noi de beneficiat. Si nu pot sa nu ma gandesc cate lucruri le incepem fara Dumnezeu si distrugem si lucrarea inceputa de altii in compania Lui Dumnezeu sau mai binezis sub indrumarea Tatalui ceresc. La noi in Romania cati presedinti si-au plecat capul inaintea Lui Dumnezeu la preluarea functiei? Asa in fata multimii. Aaaaaa ! Aha ! imi aduc aminte. Mergeau si mai vizitau cate o biserica si mai sarutau vreo icoana ori ceva moaste in campanie. Si inainte de asta si-au aratat vitejia in revolutii sangeroase. Si apoi in dezastru. Nici nu stiu cum sa spun: Halal presedinte si halal tara, sau invers.La tarisoara noastra m-am referit in cele din urma.

  3. O analiza de foarte buna calitate din Bible BLACK (cu citi dani?) Belt facuta de catre CHUCK NORRIS.

    The Most Underrated Part of the Inauguration
    by Chuck Norris

    I know inaugural news and commentary are already passé. But I could not find one report this past week that caught what I believe was the most subtle, strategic and possibly subversive moment of the inauguration ceremony. Did you catch it?

    Like most news agencies, U.S. News & World Report reported that the Rev. Rick Warren’s invocation “clearly opted for a conciliatory tone that eschewed any mention of culture-war issues.” But Warren hardly was pacifying the elites or anyone else — if you truly understand what he prayed. The invocation seemed like a rather benign blessing that even his most ardent foes could have interpreted as inclusive. But the real portrait of his prayer was quite to the contrary.

    First of all, Warren’s prayer was nearly five minutes long — about 486 words. He certainly didn’t cower to typical audience intolerance for long prayers and opt for a short grace before meals.

    Second, Warren embarked on what theologians call a Mars Hill apologetic, which is a biblical approach and deductive line of reasoning that the apostle Paul used in teaching about a Creator God, with whom all can identify at first: “Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story.”

    Third, Warren then narrowed his focus by identifying the Creator as the one true Hebrew (or Jewish) God of the Old Testament — something that sounds inclusive of Judaism but also serves as the basis and narrowing of his Christian logic. At the same time, he was culturally relative and sensitive to (but not necessarily endorsing of) Islam by extolling God as “the compassionate and merciful one,” a descriptive line that opens all but one chapter of the Quran. Warren prayed: “The Scripture tells us, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.’ And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.”

    Fourth, Warren then covered the gamut in compassionate petitions — thanking God for racial freedom and equality, praying a blessing on Obama and his Cabinet, and asking God to help us all unite in freedom, forgive us of our presumption and pride, and share with and serve all humanity.

    Fifth, Warren turned on a dime by calling on God to help us remember this universal religious truth (in all Middle Eastern religions, I might add): God will judge all nations and all peoples. Then, for clarity’s sake, the name of Warren’s Supreme Judge was given. He referred to this transforming agent, who changed his own life, in four different languages: “I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life — Yeshua (Hebrew), Isa (Arabic), Jesus (Spanish pronunciation), Jesus (English pronuncation).”

    Sixth and last, just when you thought the “amen” was imminent, Warren gave a coup de grâce to any political or earthly power — a possibly subversive chess move to subtly call Obama’s regime into checkmate. He called upon the global Christian community to invoke God’s power against any and all human strongholds by collectively praying the Lord’s Prayer. Warren rallied all branches, traditions and denominations of the universal church by triggering a prayer response through his words “who taught us to pray, saying …” Proof came as cameras immediately panned across the people in the Washington crowd, many of whom found themselves suddenly reciting the prayer with Warren. (It was interesting to watch how Obama chose not to join in.)

    What everyone needs to understand is that the Lord’s Prayer is no trite religious repetition to Warren. He once explained in one of his teachings: “‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ Why do we pray that ‘Thy will be done as it is in heaven’? Because in heaven, God’s will is done perfectly. Is God’s will done perfectly on earth? Absolutely not. In fact, most of the things that happen on earth are not God’s will. God’s will is not always done. … But when you pray, ‘Thy will be done,’ you’re saying … ‘I accept your plan, and I surrender to God’s control.'”

    Reciting the Lord’s Prayer is pleading with God to erect his kingdom and execute his desires on earth as they are in heaven. It is calling upon the one true God, asking for his nature to overrun ours, his wishes to be fulfilled (not ours), and his rule and reign to be established (not ours). On the flip side, it is the most “dangerous” prayer one can pray if one wants to continue to live selfishly, misuse power and maintain control over others.

    The Lord’s Prayer is, in reality, the most invasive and subversive prayer to human selfishness that one can say. It’s able to break down strongholds within us, within others and even within political structures. As Warren again said, praying the Lord’s Prayer is ideal “when your circumstances are uncontrollable, when people around you won’t change (they’re unchangeable), and when problems are unexplainable.”

    Now you tell me: Why would Warren, who thoroughly understands the Scriptures, pray that particular prayer at the transference of new political powers with whom he largely disagrees? The answer is obvious.

    Like millions of others, I repeated this relatively short prayer by rote for most of my life without thinking twice about its meaning. But then I learned about its powerful truths from my pastor, who teaches its principles and encourages its daily recitation through a simple acronym. (You can listen to his Lord’s Prayer message series on his Web site, The Lord’s Prayer has revolutionized my prayers and my life, and I believe (as I know Warren does) it can change all of our lives, government and the world if we sincerely and regularly pray it. That’s exactly why Warren’s invocation included it.

    For most, Warren was reinforcing his image as “a unifying, post-Christian-right figure rather than as a divisive culture warrior.” But reality is, as Jesus called his apostles to do, Warren was being as “shrewd as a serpent and innocent as a dove.” And most never even caught it.

    Say what you will about this purpose-driven pastor, but when you parse it, the Rev. Rick Warren’s inaugural invocation was about as purpose-driven as prayers come.

  4. Daniel:
    Peisajul era usor de anticipat, iar de furat te fura inainte de-a merge acolo, cind o scrii.
    N-am stiut c-a fost aprobata de organizatori. Asta e de speriat. Ma tem ca in cazul asta nu mai vem de-a face cu o rugaciune.

  5. Draga radu

    La nivelul acela nu te fura peisajul … Rugaciunea a fost scrisa si aprobata in prealabil de organizatori.

  6. Da, rugaciunea este adresata lui Dumnezeu si pe Warren l-a furat putsin peisajul. Nu-l judec prea tare pt ca si pe noi ne fura in biserica, atunci cind ne rugam lui Dumnezeu dar dam lectii ascultatorilor ori pastorului. Cred ca Cristi are dreptate si pe Franklin l-a furat mai ptsin peisajul.. Il va asculta Dumnezeu? Buna intrebare. Depinde de Obama si de noi in pasajele referitoare la USA. Un eveveniment putsin remarcat a fost ca s-a sfintsit usa pe unde trebuia sa intre Obama. Pe usa s-au scris cuvinte din rugaciune lui Billy Graham pt presedintele Nixon. Aprox… “Doamne in intelepciunea Ta ai ingaduit sa fim condusi in aceste vremuri de Obama”.. au inlocuit numele Nixon cu Obama. Rugaciune aceea a fost si mai scripturala (cu thou si thy) si totusi n-a fost ascultata….
    Despre Rick: m-am bucurat si eu ca s-a rugat in numele Domnului Iisus, desi putea sa adauge Lord pt a evita familiarismul excesiv fatsa de Dumnezeu, al nostru al evanghelicilor.

  7. Draga Daniel,
    daca un musulman nu-l poate concepe pe Allah ca tata in schimb mi se pare ca Vechiul Testament e perfect coerent cu imaginea Dumnezeului Tata. Si musulmanii insa si evreii de religie iudaica, si uneori chiar si noi stim ca “Tatal nostru” este rostita de multe ori, din pacate, doar pentru ca sa-i poarte noroc cuiva, sau sa-i mearga bine.

    Singura “problema” pentru un rabin cred ca nu e continutul ei ci faptul ca a fost initiata de Isus. Ce contine ea care sa nu fi fost inclus in iudaism INAFARA de faptul ca a fost rostita de Fiul Tatalui, de Mesia Insusi? Citi isa dintre aceia care o rostim stim cum poate deveni cineva copil al Tatalui ceresc?

    In crestinism insa sunt sigur ca rugaciunea e rostita de foarte multi care nu-I sunt fii. Teza mea este ca daca Isus nu este pentru cel care o spune Cel care zice El ca este (adica Mesia) atunci nici cel care o zice nu este copil al Tatalui (in sensul in care El ni-L poate descoperi).

    Cred ca e foarte important sa ne rugam ca Dumnezeu sa se indure si sa lucreze in viata tuturor liderilor nostri, atit religiosi cit si politici. In ziua judecatii li se va cere mult pentru ca li s-a dat mult. Judecata totusi nu va incepe de la Casa Alba ci de la amvoane (inclusiv cele din cimpuk electromagnetic!).

  8. Draga Cristi

    S-ar putea oare ca cineva sa nu stie unde si de ce se spune rugaciunea Tatal Nostru? Crezi ca a confundat-o vreun musulman sau evreu cu ceva din moscheile/sinagogile lor?


    Draga Daniel,
    e salutara initiativa ta.

    Cred ca sunt multe lucruri de apreciat in aceasta rugaciune, mai ales faptul ca a fost facuta totusi “in numele lui Isus”.

    Dar “Isus” nu este cu necesitate pentru cei mai multi “Domnul Isus”, sau “Mântuitorul” sau “Hristos” sau “Mesia” iar faptul ca i-a schimbat viata unui “cleric american”, asa cum este considerat Warren de catre cei mai multi care l-au ascutat nu inseamna cu nimic mai mult decit faptul ca Lincoln i-a schimbat viata lui Obama.

    Pe de alta parte daca Isus este (doar) “Cel care mi-a schimbat viata” si ne-a invatat rugaciunea Tatal nostru, el nu este cu necesitate proclamat drept “Dumnezeu adevarat din Dumnezeu adevarat”…

    Stiu si apreciez faptul ca, inclusiv la scara Americii, devine aproape un act de curaj sa-I invoci numele, dar pentru o ureche “dinafară” cred ca e insuficient sa-I spui pe nume lui Isus pentru ca cineva sa inteleleaga ca e vorba despre Dumnezeul Intrupat şi Singurul care ni-l poate face pe Dumnezeu sa ne devina şi Tată. Altfel, fara “Fiul lui Dumnezeu” rugaciunea “Tatal nostru” devine doar o jalnica manipulare şi o mărire a derutei în care se afla omenirea.

    Oricum, Rick Warren a lasat loc de inca o invitatie, peste patru ani, daca nu cumva Cel care i-a schimbat viata se va reintoarce intre timp.

    Ma intreb insa, daca apostolul Pavel ar fi rostit o astfel de predica pe Areopag care sa-i permita sa mai fie invitat si alta data, daca ar mai fi crestini astazi altundeva decât în manualele de istorie a religiilor.

    Citez putin dintr-o rugaciune pe care a rostit-o cu patru ani in urma Franklin Graham, si care nu a mai lasat loc pentru o alta invitatie:

    “Now, O Lord, we dedicate this presidential inaugural ceremony to you. May this be the beginning of a new dawn for America as we humble ourselves before you and acknowledge you alone as our Lord, our Savior and our Redeemer. We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

    Nici un echivoc, e clar de ce si in ce fel Isus poate schimba vietile.

    In 2001 alaturi de Franklin Graham s-a mai rugat si Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, care a precizat la fel de fara echivoc:

    “We respectfully submit this humble prayer in the name that’s above all other names, Jesus the Christ.”

    Cu drag,

  10. O corectura:
    Rugaciunea lui Franklin Graham a fost in 2001 alaturi de care s-a mai rugat si Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, care a precizat la fel de fara echivoc:

    “We respectfully submit this humble prayer in the name that’s above all other names, Jesus the Christ.”



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