Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gene Robinson to invoke God at Obama inauguration

Barack Obama’s first inauguration ceremony will demonstrate to the world how much these Christians love one another. It transpires that the President–Elect has heard the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gendered, cross-dressing community who objected strongly to the Revd Billy Graham being replaced by the Evangelical ‘homophobic’ pastor Rick Warren.

Mr Obama has heard their cries, and has appointed New Hampshire’s Bishop Gene Robinson to open the first inaugural event (how many are there?) with a prayer this coming Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.

Bishop Gene said: “It will be an enormous honour to offer prayers for the country and the new president, standing on the holy ground where the ‘I have a dream speech’ was delivered by Dr. King, surrounded by the inspiring and reconciling words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It is also an indication of the new president’s commitment to being the President of ALL the people. I am humbled and overjoyed at this invitation, and it will be my great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire, and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community."

He also said he would not use the name of Jesus in his prayer, lest it cause offence.

Cranmer breathes deeply.

Instead, he will offer a ‘non-sectarian’ prayer at the Sunday event, and will not use the Bible. He said: “While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans. I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation."

Bishop Gene Robinson has built an episcopal career on not being especially Christian, for it is difficult to see the fruits of the Holy Spirit in an hypocritical, bisexual adulterer who misrepresents the Faith, denounces Christian prayer as ‘sectarian’, and is ashamed of the gospel of salvation. Instead, he prefers to go all Buddhist and pray about rivers and trees, of mountains and seas, of the dollar and the poor, of families and (one presumes) some of his minority concerns – ‘people of colour’, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Cranmer does not believe the Bishop will mention the obese, for they will take up too much room in the Kingdom of God.

The Bishop further said: “It's important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way, whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority or, in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters."

So how will the Roman Catholics be represented at this inauguration? What about the Hispanic community? The Muslims? Who is representing the unemployed? The disabled? The fat? The ugly? The Jedi Knights?

There is no logical end to the fracturing of society into ‘minorities’. Bishop Gene is talking nonsense to insist that ‘seeing someone like you up front’ is important. If it were, Jesus might have consulted his diversity adviser before selecting his ‘up front’ team.

Perhaps President Obama should find a one-legged Muslim Lesbian who might be seen ‘up front’. That would cater for four groups simultaneously, and more if she were of Hispanic extraction, had HIV, fondled crystals and hugged trees.

There is evidently not much love lost between Gene Robinson and Rick Warren.

Bishop Robinson said he would love to sit down with Rick Warren but believed that the California pastor has ‘perpetrated lies about the gay, lesbian and bisexual community’.

Perhaps Pastor Rick would like to sit down with Gene Robinson but believes the New Hampshire Bishop has perpetrated lies about God, the Church and the Bible.

Rick Warren has said he is on the Bishop’s ‘attack list’ for his position on marriage equality and his association with Anglican leaders such as Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola.

Bishop Gene referred to President-Elect Obama’s decision for Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation as ‘a slap in the face’. He said:

“I'm all for Rick Warren being at the table, but we're not talking about a discussion, we're talking about putting someone up front and centre at what will be the most watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he's praying to is not the God that I know."

Great.

So Gene Robinson will be praying to one god on Sunday, and Rick Warren to another next Tuesday.

In this pantheon of gods as everyone invokes his or her own, who will be remotely concerned with praying to or invoking The God?

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

Your Grace,
We Christians need not despair when those who purport to be followers of Jesus sit in the high places promoting the virtues of sin. God is not mocked.
Whilst we are in a minority, we are, like Elijah, not alone. There are millions of us, around the world, declaring that Jesus is the answer.
You may not be aware but Kaka, the Brazilian footballer named footballer of the year last year, currently playing for AC Milan, is a born again Christian and wants to pastor a church when he stops playing football. He wears a tee shirt under his AC Milan shirt which says, "I belong to Jesus." When he scores a goal he lifts his AC Milan shirt to reveal to the watching millions his position before the Lord.
Robinson will not move one person against the Almighty God. Those who follow Robinson are already against God, whereas Kaka is a witness to millions with a bigger following than Robinson. May the Lord bless Kaka and all who witness in the name of the Lord.

13 January 2009 at 08:58  
Blogger Botogol said...

In this pantheon of gods as everyone invokes his or her own, who will be remotely concerned with praying to or invoking The God?

By which His Grace presumably means his God.

13 January 2009 at 09:25  
Anonymous Steve T said...

Won't mention Jesus? In that case why is he described as a Christian?


Don't understand why he has any connection with a Church, let alone why he is a Bishop, when he is simply not a Christian at all.

13 January 2009 at 10:36  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Your Grace.
Now we can see the path that Mr Obama is taking, that of least resistance. It seems that many people in high places do not know God, or it seems even read the Bible. Prince Charles wants to be crowned 'Defender of faiths' & has some strange New Age ideas.
This Gene fellow is homosexual, the Archbishop of Canterbury is a Druid. The financial Empires of the world are crashing & this country is being led to the edge of the precipice by a modern day Nero.
At least Gene Robinson has made his position clear, he will not /can not own the name of Jesus proving that the Lord is not his saviour, he can't use the Bible, because he denies its authority & prefers to live a sinful life, & he admits that Rick Warren's God is not his God. On the day of judgement such men will be self condemned by their own words.
My warning is: God will not be mocked do not follow these false self proclaimed prophets of licentiousness, turn to the risen Christ, repent & be saved.

13 January 2009 at 11:03  
Anonymous woman on a raft said...

Can I have a toke on Your Grace's oxygen, please? Thank you. 'Hypocritical' just does not catch the depth of Robinson's moral bankruptcy. Never mind Christian, he just about makes it to 'Pirate'. From the very beginning of his marriage he knew he was gay, but instead of facing that fact about himself, he allowed a foolish woman to marry him, knowing about him, and then tried to make it her problem as she had been warned.

That's not hypocrisy; that's naked exploitation of the other person's naivety and affection. His problem is not his gayness but his narcissism.

The only thing wrong with Your Grace's post is that by its publication it once again allows this ruthless, manipulative self-publicist to try to make the inauguration about himself, rather than about the duly elected President. Other than that, spot-on.

13 January 2009 at 11:18  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

I fear that Sen Obama is doing little more than following the precepts of the "Rules for Radicals" written by Sal Alinski the mentor of his Weatherman friend William Ayers. One of teh rules is to never disagree with anyone from a minority whose support you rely upon.

We have to hope he succeeds as President but there is much cause for anxiety that he is not a man of either judgement or principal.

Still, look on the bright side.

Sarah Palin will look a whole lot more attractive to more Americans after Sunday.

13 January 2009 at 11:25  
Blogger Damo Mackerel said...

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
- Ephesians 6:12

13 January 2009 at 12:19  
Blogger Dave said...

God made man in His image, and we keep on trying to do the opposite.

Can there really be a "one size fits all" God?
It's gonna be a mighty loose fit

13 January 2009 at 12:30  
Blogger len.allan said...

A christian without Christ!
What a mockery, what a sham.!
Why bother at all!.

13 January 2009 at 13:26  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Obama will have his best day as President on 20th January 2009 - he will look back on it and wonder how things turned out the way they did.

He cannot be all things to all men and succeed at this time when the lubricant of easy credit is no longer available to buy friends.

I don't think the media will be anything other than fairweather friends and people like Gene Robinson are simply bobbing corks on lapping waves

13 January 2009 at 16:43  
Blogger Dr.D said...

This was one of those rare occasions with Gene spoke the truth when he said, "And the God that he's praying to is not the god that I know." His gods are silver and gold, fame and attention, power and influence. He is a complete fraud.

13 January 2009 at 18:39  
Blogger Fred Preuss said...

The USA is lucky to have no state church. Obama should have taken advantage of this had had no invocation at the inaugural.
Saves money, saves time, saves trouble-and it's even in the Constitution.
Perfect.

13 January 2009 at 20:38  
Blogger Jomo said...

If you can invent your own religion is there not the possibility that you may go on to invent your own God?

Of course in the case of Bishop Gene he only had to look in the mirror to see his creator.

13 January 2009 at 20:39  
Blogger Fred Preuss said...

Robinson must have a bit of trouble celebrating 'diversity' in New Hampshire-it's about 98% white and over 90% English speaking.
Out of 305 million Americans, there are about 2.2 million Anglicans; mostly white, middle to upper middle class. Think "The Guardian"/National Public Radio at prayer. About as diverse as a blancmange.
This is why religion is the ultimate toy for idiot children.

13 January 2009 at 20:41  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Its seems a bit queer to me but I don't want to put my foot in it again today.

The good lord seems to deem it necessary for me o enter the word verification at least twice, I am grateful for this, there is much wisdom here which has been duly noted and appreciated, both wittingly and unwittingly I am sure.

13 January 2009 at 20:46  
Blogger McKenzie said...

And here's to you, Mr. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mr. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)
We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files
We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

And here's to you, Mr. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mr. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Hide it in a hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
It's a little secret, just the Robinsons' affair
Most of all, you've got to hide it from the kids

Coo, coo, ca-choo, Mr Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mr. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What's that you say, Mr. Robinson
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

13 January 2009 at 21:25  
Blogger McKenzie said...

.

Jesus Loves You more than you will know

13 January 2009 at 21:31  
Blogger McKenzie said...

We got an education system that is in the shitter, we got a war going on, and what does our president think is important.....?

13 January 2009 at 22:06  
Anonymous PaganPride said...

Hmmm ... I am reminded of the joke about the gentleman who had a near death experience and on awakening was asked if he had seen God. He said "yes" musingly. "Well what was he like?" he was asked. "She was black" was the answer!

It's all a sham, because not a word of what we believe is from a source which would be acceptable in a court of law - it is after all, just hearsay.

WV - buria - just add 'hell"

13 January 2009 at 23:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the chaff to the wheat? Ignore Robinson, he is not our problem. He is a problem to himself. By definition, a deceived person does not know he is deceived.

I have disquiet about the Jesus whose diary is booked up cutting ribbons and declaring events open, anyway. I doubt that that particular Jesus exists except in the minds of a few.

13 January 2009 at 23:42  
Blogger Bryan said...

It's the colorful vestments...

Sorry, I just realized why Bishop Gene Robinson chose the Episcopal Church...

that and the willingness to embrace anything in the name of "Christian" fellowship, even if it is contrary to the plain and simple understanding of Scripture.



"Bishop Gene Robinson has built an episcopal career on not being especially Christian" -Cranmer

Succinct and to the point, just sound bite gold! Well said, Your Grace.

14 January 2009 at 00:56  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

You forgot to mention. Gene Robinson is also an alcoholic.

This excuse for a man is a travesty of the vocation for which he is not fit.

I never bought into "Obama is the Messiah" either.

14 January 2009 at 00:58  
Anonymous non mouse said...

"In this pantheon of gods as everyone invokes his or her own, who will be remotely concerned with praying to or invoking The God?"

Your Grace - those Anglicans who protested the appointment Bishop Gene? The ones who broke away from the Episcopal Church and its stance on homesexuality et al?

I'll be in an Anglican Church on Sunday - and nowhere near a Telly!!

14 January 2009 at 05:58  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Sorry - old computer. That was: homosexuality et al.

14 January 2009 at 06:01  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Fred Preuss, if New Hampshire introduced a State Income Tax most of Robinson's congregation of - what is it - 10,000 - would move back nearer their jobs in Massachusetts

14 January 2009 at 06:53  
Blogger The last cause said...

America being a Constitutional Republic, I have no issue with Gene Robinson offering a speech at one of the interminable events that surround the Inauguration.

Where I have issues is with Mr. Robinson claiming Christ, yet not bothering to outwardly confess him.

Bishop Robinson, is not giving a speech as a Christian, he is offering a generalized Speech, all the while wearing the vestments of a Episcopalian Bishop, which, truth be known, is false advertising.

14 January 2009 at 14:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A strange observation of likeness:

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/146/PP0150~Rainbow-Zippy-Posters.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_t2Ry7I5DNuQ/SWxFQ_qgnCI/AAAAAAAADUo/yIUZX7RbxKQ/s1600-h/Gene+Robinson+laughing.jpg

14 January 2009 at 20:18  

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