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 WarrenBy Tobin Harshaw
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.