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Gene Robinson will not offer “Christian” prayer at inaugural event

Gene Robinson, homosexual activist and Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, has been tapped to offer a prayer at a Lincoln Memorial inauguration event for president-elect Barack Obama. According to the Associated Press, Robinson said that he would not be using the Bible or offering a Christian prayer.

Concerning the Bible, Robinson said, “While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans.” It seems that the “holiness” and “sacredness” of the text of the Scriptures excludes the stark warnings in both the Old Testament and New Testament which roundly condemn the practice of homosexuality.

Not surprisingly, Robinson will be offering a generic prayer: “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation.”

Such a position initially strikes me as sheer nonsense. You would think that a professing Christian who prays would be offering his prayer to the God whom Christians worship.

Then again, perhaps it makes perfect sense for Robinson to be offering a generic prayer to a generic god. Only a Christian would be offering a prayer to the triune God of the Bible. And whatever Gene Robinson is, for all his theological degrees and ecclesiastical position, the one thing he is not is a Christian.

While none of us is without sin, one cannot explicitly condone that which the Scriptures explicitly condemn and be a true follower of the God of that sacred writing. To sin and then confess that one is wrong and seek forgiveness is one thing. To practice an activity which the Bible condemns and yet claim that that practice is not a sin but is an activity blessed by God is certainly another. Words from Lord Jesus himself should cause all of us to examine our lives: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness'” (Matthew 7:21-23 [ESV]).