Let’s be very clear!
I would be writing these words if the Representative of the House or Senate was a Republican or Democrat. When it comes to the Word of God, I’m not interested in party affiliation. I’m interested in truth. We recently had a member of the House of Representative use the terms “Amen” and “Awomen” to close out a prayer at a session of Congress.
The gentlemen who is an Ordained United Methodist pastor with a Master of Divinity degree from a prestigious seminary. However, he appeared to miss the first-year course how to translate from the original language to English. The word in the Hebrew is “אָמֵן ʼâmên, aw-mane'; which simply translated according to Strong’s Concordance “verily, truly, amen, so be it.”
This blatant attempt to appeal to a specific group of individuals around the world by this gentleman (please understand I don’t know him personally) I’m only challenging his miss use of a word from scripture, and his theology. Prior to his closing that was unbiblical he went further with the statement “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘God’ known by many names by many different faiths.” Wow talking about bad theology, Brahma is the “creator god in Hinduism” and then God known by many names; Sorry to inform you pastor God is not known by any other name than the “Hebrew letters (YHWH) as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” or the name “God” in the Greek.
This very prayer is a slap in the face to every Christian throughout the world, and even slap in the face to the founders of his own denomination, John and Charles Wesley would be defrocking him within five minutes of this prayer if they were alive today.
As I write this I’m sure I will get a dozen of Amen’s (in agreement with me) and hundreds of comments saying I’m intolerable to other people’s faith. Understand I’m not intolerable to other people’s faith, everyone can believe as you want. However, don’t confuse the God of Christianity with any other god and please use a Concordance next time so you use it in the right context.
Personally, I believe this individual or any other individual that is doing the same thing owes God an apology. And in this gentleman’s case the American people!