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Rick Warren's prayer at Obama's inauguration



 
 Rick Warren's prayer 



Transcript of presidential inauguration prayer by Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif.
 
Almighty God, our Father, everything we see, and everything we can't see, exists because of you alone.

It all comes from you, it all belongs to you, it all exists for your glory.

History is your story.

The Scripture tells us, "Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one." And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today, we rejoice not only in America's peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity.

Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us.

When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us.

When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches and civility in our attitudes – even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.

May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet.

And may we never forget that one day, all nations, and all people, will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life – Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus – who taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Amen.

Christians Together, 21/01/2009


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Penny Lee 22/01/2009 21:12
Having read through the interview, it is clear he is not condemning the whole race and the above remarks are talking about the USA being in an all out war situation.

Bearing in mind it was just three days after the 'mass destruction' of 3,000 of his countrymen, I can't take the moral high ground as I don't know what effect it would have had on me.

Maybe before we rush to condemn his comments, it may be appropriate to try and put ourselves and our country in this scenario. Do you allow the enemy to take you over rather than fight with everything you've got? If you do, and others before us had thought the same, we would all be talking German and my own mother taken for breeding purposes as she was the appropriate age, with blue eyes and blonde hair.

The truth is, all modern weapons are 'mass destruction' and this is the very reason we must make every effort to try and find another way. Sadly, not all leaders feel this way and war will continue to be a feature of this broken world until Christ comes. I know that I would want the UK to fight back with all they had if we were forced into a war situation. Does this make me a bad person or a religious nutter? No, it makes me human and want to defend my country rather than be defeated and have another way of life forced upon me.

What about you - would you just roll over and let it happen?
(Guest) 22/01/2009 23:15
So many questions! I think he important thing is to ask "Why?" Some would argue that the Treaty of Versaille sowed the seeds of the Third Reich. Others would argue that American foreign policy (dominated by a christian zionist neo-con agenda) has polarised the Middle East and brought about the hatreds that caused 9/11. And so on. "God told me to invade Iraq" GW Bush has said.

In the 80s the CIA sold Stingers to the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan.

At the time of the Iran-Iraq war, Saddam was described as "he may be a sonofabitch but at least he's OUR sonofabitch"

This sort of global geo-political chess playing has to end. Hopefully Obama might help bring that about. A bit more even-handedness in the Middle East would help.

Military action should be a last resort, not a first option. But it would be muich better to take steps to prevent the problems that neccesitate it happening in the first place.
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Penny Lee 23/01/2009 00:58
Guest,

I'm not disputing that the US are guilty of underhand tactics. I'm also not defending George Bush. Lots of people have used God's name to try to defend acts of evil and they are not alone in this. I would say Islam is unparalleled in its use of their deity to defend evil actions.

My brother was one of our soldiers who were killed in Iraq and knew only too well what effect Islam had there and elsewhere. He saw a hopelessness displayed in its citizens as they faced persecution from not only their enemies but also their own leaders who had not a scrap of decency or tolerance for anyone who didn't do exactly what they demanded. How can you negotiate peace with a government which will kill its own people without a second thought? In truth, non-Islamic countries don't actually know how to deal with them. They know there's a very real threat but keep trying to either ignore it or feed them piecemeal to try and keep them subdued.

If we do not defend ourselves, militarily if necessary, we will all end up living in an Iraq-like environment because that is their admitted aim - world domination, and they will not stop trying to achieve it.

I don't know whether you have any Christian allegiance but, whether or not we decide to believe what's recorded in the Bible about the end times, it is prophesied and seems to be coming true in front of our eyes.
John Parker (Guest) 23/01/2009 08:02
Guest said regarding who he/she would NOT want advising the US President - "any other Christian Zionist".

Could we then assume that what you WOULD want is some Devil-worshipping anti-semitic?
Colin (Guest) 23/01/2009 09:15
"Could we then assume that what you WOULD want is some Devil-worshipping anti-semitic?"

False dichotomy

What I WOULD want would be a sensible, conciliatory preacher with a sense of peace and justice whose worldview wasnt infected by charismatic, armageddonist, "rapture ready" neo-con lunacy.

Of course in the black and white world of some people this sort of nuanced viepoint probably classifies me as a liberal. So be it.
John Parker (Guest) 23/01/2009 10:09
Colin you said:
"charismatic, armageddonist, "rapture ready" neo-con lunacy." Sounds pretty 'black and white to me' - are you sure that you are liberal?

However from your latest message it would seem that what you would be happy with is someone who can hold all views or none, please all of the people all of the time, denies the gifts of the Spirit, discounts the last book of the Bible, has no time for traditional values of decency and family, and whose Bible doesn't contain 1 Thess 4:16 & 17.
Donald Key (Guest) 23/01/2009 18:50
Mr Parker,

I think you may be trying to put words in Colin's mouth? The person Colin WOULD want sounds like Jesus to me.
Why did you raise the 'gifts of the Spirit, canon of scripture, family etc. Your paragraph is quite offensive, by the way you also misquoted him.

Thank you Colin for your air of sanity, you seem like a man from whom I would like to hear about true faith, tell me more :)
Patricia Marie Mitchell (Guest) 18/06/2014 16:28
I just read that transcript and I saw nothing about Franklin Graham saying anything about John Hagee! Did you think no eone would look?
Patricia Marie Mitchell (Guest) 18/06/2014 16:31
Dear friends, a Christian is someone who has dedicated himself to Jesus and prays in the name of Jesus --- not Isa or Allah! Wake up!
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