Robinson’s Prayer to “god of our Many Understandings”

Here is a transcript of Gene Robinson’s prayer.  Insert the name of any god you want in it – it’s not a prayer that the God of Israel, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ can bless.  Nor is it a prayer that represents Biblical Christianity.  For those who don’t feel like reading the transcript, I posted a video of the prayer below.

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.  Source.

3 thoughts on “Robinson’s Prayer to “god of our Many Understandings”

  1. Laurie

    As soon as this mumbo jumbo jargon leaves the lips of this lost soul headed for hell, they will fall into a vast emptiness, forever lost. There will be NO BLESSING received, because the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does NOT hear the prayers of the wicked. There is none so wicked as a man who claims to serve God, yet deliberately sins against Him in such a perverted way. The wrath of a Holy God will very soon be unleashed on this wicked, vile, sinful world. Then, all these brazen sinners will run, terrified as they try to hide from the Lamb and His wrath, hearts failing them for fear.
    Pray for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. firesidepentecostalassembly

    My first instinct is to call this silly man a serious name — it’s not a cuss word, but name-calling is name-calling. What foolish prayer! We sew wind and reap the whirlwind…

  3. Eli

    Robinson, like Obama, is a pseudo-christian. One who hides under the banner of Christian because it is expediant and serves there own purposes. I agree that there is nothing so vile as one who calls himself a christain, then openly lives a life that our Lord has called an abomination.

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