Monday, October 13, 2008

God as One of Us

Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself.

"I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," Conrad said.

"And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day," he said.

Yep, don't allow their Hindu God or Buddha God or Allah God to compete with our red, white and blue, evangelical Christian God. No one can be greater than "our" god-- fearful, hateful and intolerant, just like us. Pray and pass the ammunition.

2 comments:

Carlo said...

Anther reason to appreciate Krsna's words when He says, "I reserve the right not to be manifest to just anyone." (Gita 7.25). When you hear the diatribe of fools and rascals like the reverend who can blame Him?

jauvana said...

"It may be argued that since Krishna was present on this earth and was visible to everyone, then why isn't He manifest to everyone now? But actually he was not manifest to everyone. When Krishna was present there were only a few people who could understand Him to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the assembly of Kurus, when Sisupala spoke against Krishna being elected president of the assembly, Bhisma supported Him and proclaimed Him to be the Supreme God. Similarly, the Pandavas and a few others knew that He was the Supreme, but not everyone. He was not revealed to the nondevotees and the common man. Therefore in the Gita Krishna says that but for His pure devotees, all men consider Him to be like themselves. He was manifest only to His devotees as the reservoir of all pleasure. But to others, to unintelligent nondevotees, He was covered by His external potency." Purport to 7.25, Bhagavad Gita, original copyright 1972 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedenta Swami Prabhupada.