Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Evangelicals need not attend

The Washington National Cathedral will be holding a 9/11 interfaith prayer vigil. It will include, "a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician.

No evangelicals were invited. "Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News Radio the lineup was better suited for the United Nations than the United States."

My question is this: Why would Evangelicals want to attend anyway? Somehow I can't imagine Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah or other great Jewish prophets attending an interfaith prayer conference with the prophets of Ba'al or the priests of Molech, etc. 

When Paul traveled through Lystra he could undoubtedly have saved himself a lot of trouble by organizing an interfaith prayer meeting rather than telling the people they should turn from their religions to serve the true God who made heaven and earth (Acts 14:11-15). The same is true in Ephesus where Paul persuaded many people that their religions were false religions (Acts 19:23-27).

I think Evangelicals are right to point out that this is political correctness gone amok, but they should organize their own prayer vigil and avoid the apostate National Cathedral like the plague. 

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