23 April, 2008

Jesus Christ: MIA with Some Conservative Christians

The Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is Dr. Ravi Zacharias. Below, is his 2008 Prayer for Our Nation. If you are a Christian, do you see anything missing from this prayer?

Holy Father,

in a world where so many are hungry,

You have given us food in abundance;

In a world where so many are hurting,

You offer to bind up our wounds;

In a world where so many are lonely,

You offer friendship to every heart;

In a world longing for peace,

You offer hope.

Yet, we are so stubborn and resistant.

Have mercy upon us, Lord.

Our nation is at a crossroads this year;

we look to you to be our strength and shield.

Please give us the guidance to elect one who will honor you

and to respond to the wisdom from above

so that our hope may be renewed

and our blessings be treasured.
In God's holy name.

I am becoming increasingly aware that the Name of our ONLY HOPE, The Lord Jesus Christ, for salvation is mysteriously missing or being surprisingly 'decreased' in some 'conservative' Christian circles. What would be the point of this prayer from a Christian without acknowledging Christ? Was it even heard?

Ingrid over at Slice has some great commentary about this sad state of affairs.


Meloff said...

Maybe its because not only is it wrong to pray to Jesus (Bruce Ware), but we don't even have to name him.

Never mind that Jesus said "anything you ask in my name, that I will do it. . . "

How utterly sad.

However, I pulled this off of Wikipedia:

"On November 14, 2004, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) opened its signature pulpit at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, for the first time in over a century, to an outside evangelist (the last being Dwight L. Moody in 1871). Zacharias addressed some 7,000 lay-persons and scholars from both LDS and Protestant camps with a sermon in an initiatory move towards open dialog between the camps. The sermon was on "Who Is the Truth? Defending Jesus Christ as The Way, The Truth and The Life".

Some evangelicals criticized Zacharias' decision not to use this opportunity to directly address the "deep and foundational" differences between the historic Christian faith and that of the LDS church.

He responded by asserting that Christians should not immediately condemn Mormonism's theological differences but "graciously build one step at a time in communicating our faith with clarity and conviction". He said this is just as effective as showing someone the faults of their faith."

Lindon said...

Meloff! It is so good to hear from you!

I am just so weary of it all. How can it be anything but Jesus Christ all the time in everything for those of us who profess Him as our Redeemer? The NDOP is a joke. An insult to the Name of Christ. We cannot pray to everyone's God as Christians. We cannot make Jesus into a generic 'god' so as not to offend.

The problem with the Mormon connection is that they are working hard to present themselves as 'Christians'. Remember all that with Romney? I talked with a few of them just the other day and they were just adament they were 'Christians' who believed in the same Jesus Christ that I did.

Everything I said, they had a 'pat' answer to. I am afraid we are being used to help them become more 'accepted' in the mainstream and to distance themselves from the kooks like FLDS.

One wonders how many SBC pastors would allow a Mormon to present their "Jesus" from their pulpit? :o)

We don't condemn people by telling them the truth. We, hopefully, snatch them from going to hell.

Sometimes I think these guys spend too much time in ivory towers and around the movers and shakers and not enough time on the front line in the trenches.