By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A Hindu Chaplain opened the U. S. Senate's morning session with prayer. The Hindu sect is reported as the third largest religion in the world. It boasts a vast gallery of gods and goddesses and a Hindu prays to the deity to which they feel a personal connection. The opening of prayer in the U. S. Senate is a Judeo-Christian tradition.
It is reported that Christian senators expressed approval of the event because it reflects the right to free speech in the government body. The Hindu Chaplain, a former India-native, expressed that despite philosophical differences, we should work together for the common objectives of human improvement, love, and respect for others. (Comment)
In 1789 an Episcopal Bishop was elected as the U. S. Senate's first Chaplain. During the past two hundred and seven years, all sessions of the U. S. Senate have had the invocation, strongly affirming the U. S. Senate's faith in God as Sovereign Lord of our Nation. The Chaplain position has went from a part-time to a full-time job as one of the Officers of the Senate.
The Chaplain duties include counseling and spiritual care for the Senators, their families and their staffs, a combined constituency of six thousand people. Normally, the U. S. Senate Chaplain gives the invocation, but it is not uncommon for senators to recommend guest chaplains from their home state to start the day. The guest Hindu Chaplain was not the first non-Christian to lead a Senate invocation; a Muslim became the first to do so in 1992.
One minister who spoke concerning the three Christian protesters who were arrested in the U. S. Senate said: They tried to shout down the invocation by the guest Hindu chaplain; but had not planned to protest, but just happened to be in the public galley to lobby against a proposed hate crime legislation.
They recited the First Commandment; that begins with, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. It was a shocking event for all Christians, who for all of these years have honored the God of our Founding Fathers. It wasn't a group of Hindus, Buddhists, or Muslims that came here, it was Christians.
I am reminded of the time that Ezekiel, a prophet of God, was shown the abominations that were being committed at the temple in Jerusalem. Ezekiel was brought to the door of the gate of the Lord's house; and there set women weeping for Tammuz (a fertility god).
Then Ezekiel was brought to the inner court of the Lord's house, and at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, there were about twenty men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; who were worshiping the sun toward the east.
The Lord asked Ezekiel: Have you seen this? Is it a light (or trivial) thing that they commit the abominations that they commit here (one could ask the same of the incident in the U. S. Senate)? They have provoked me to anger (Ezekiel 8:14-18).
The saddest event witnessed by Ezekiel was the departure of God's glory from the temple (Ezekiel, Chapter 10). Abominations are being committed in which many do not even realize the implications for doing so. How can one offer up prayers when they do not believe in the God of our heritage?
When I was in the military, serving in distant lands, I witnessed people worshiping false gods, looking to objects made with men's hands, expecting divine intervention; but in futility! How can those who identify with Christianity not recognize such falseness? It is a sad day, to witness acceptance of the previously unacceptable without standing uprightly for the God of our creation!
Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.
It takes the right bait to make a catch! What method is our adversary the Devil using to catch his intended victims?
Return to Egypt in this text is used in a figurative sense but during the time of the wilderness experience it was a reality in the hearts of many.
The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of fleshly desires of man and allures one into its deceptive nature while hiding its real intent.
Dwelling in wickedness has become a normality in many once godly nations. There is an adoption of evil ways that far exceeds Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm. David had a sure hope and firm expection of God's help to deliver Him in a time of duress.
Blind leading the blind has attributed to many falling into the snare of deception. The way that seems right may not be the best or righteous way.
A volatile world is unpredictable and explosive in nature with electronics helping bring the world into focus that before would not have been possible.