Redeemed Hippie>>>[Before anyone attacks my criticism towards Rick Warren, let me say this; The people in the church who have set themselves up as someone within the world have watered down the truth for the sake of their own social/political gain. They compromise the truth by not telling the whole truth and nothng but the truth. I suppose if they did, they would not be very well loved by the very men they associate with. Jesus warned us to be careful if the world loved us. He said they would hate us. Yet, there are so many within the church that the politicians love. Why is that? some would say, "Well, God has given them favor?" Which I would answer, "Is that so? Then please tell me how they are really making any kind of impact with the real truth. Are there souls being saved? Is there a cry of repentence? What about holiness? Are these things being addressed? It is not just about Jesus changing a life. Anyone can change anyones' life for the better or the good. It is about wicked man going to hell. It is about wicked men and women needing a Savior. It is about the Lamb of God receiving the reward of His sufferings; the souls of men!"
Rick Warrens' prayer: 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.
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.
Now today, we rejoice not only in America's peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[Never mind the color of the man. The issue is his character.]
We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[Really? Where in the Word are we told the angels shout when anyone comes into leadership? Is it not said that when one repents, that is when the angels express anything? If Dr. King is in heaven, and if there are a great cloud of witnesses, WHY would they shout? This is far from scriptural. It is nothing but appeasement. Why would the angels shout because an abortion advocate stepped into office? Why would they shout for an unrepentant man? Are the angels so wrapped up in the color of man, that they too would would put symbolism over substance? ]
Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[Sounds good enough, BUT it is a watered down generic prayer for Americas' new leader.]
Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet and every one of our freely elected leaders.
Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.
When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[That is all well and good too. However, Mr. Warren fails to suggest there are two forces at work in this nation. Good and evil. Evil abounds when good men do nothing; when good men appease their enemies. There is a time of war and a time of peace. There is a war between good and evil in this nation and it is easy for any discerning christian to see who is what.]
When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us.
When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.
And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches and civility in our attitudes – even when we differ.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[' a new birth of clarity'? How about a new birth for the souls of men? Why do we need a new aim and responsibility? Our aims and responsibilities have been pretty accurate; to protect our nation and to advance freedom to other nations if they so desire.]
Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.
Redeemed Hippie>>>I have nothing against sharing. But when tax dollars are spent every day supporting those who will not work; those who think the rest of us owe them something, for those nations who hate us, for the many abortions in this nation, for those who put a tree or a chicken above the life of a baby–I have a real problem with that. I’m all for not sharing another penny for an unjust cause. ‘the common good of all.’ Sounds like socialism to me.]
May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[New age tripe.]
And may we never forget that one day, all nations, and all people, will stand accountable before you.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[THAT was the only thing Mr. Warren said that had any real conviction.]
We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.
I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life – Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus – who taught us to pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Redeemed Hippie>>>[ 'I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life ...
What name was it? George, Henry, Buddah, the Dali Lama ? Why did he not say the name of Jesus? Why did he compromise here? Is he ashamed of the One who changed his life? Why did he not say the one who saved his soul? I find Mr. Warren just one of many appeasers in the scheme of things. People are deluding themselves when they believe their watered-down gosple will change the men around them.]