Every new session of Congress is opened with prayer. Despite the Left’s insistence that we are not a religious or necessarily Christian country, every new session of Congress is opened with a prayer from someone in the chamber who is an ordained minister at some capacity. And as such, the 117th Congress was opened with a prayer, this time given by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). However, one can hardly call this a clean or legitimate prayer, since the guy does two heinous things: one is a violation of the first commandment and the other is outright moronic at best.
Cleaver’s prayer, for the most part, was fine. He began: “Eternal God, noiselessly we bow before your throne of grace as we leave behind the politically and socially clamorous year of 2020. We gather now in this consequential chamber to inaugurate another chapter in our roller coaster representative government. The members of this august body acknowledge your sacred supremacy and therefore confess that without your favor and forbearance, we enter this new year relying dangerously on our own fallible nature.”
So far, so good, right? Nothing amiss to be found here, and things with which I would agree.
He went on to ask God for divine assistance in the midst of what he described as “a moment when many believe that the bright light of democracy is beginning to dim.” Obviously, a nod at the fact that everyone who was even remotely paying attention to the election knows that this election is in danger of being stolen and that the will of the people could be ignored. Since this is a Swamp Rat Democrat saying this, however, it’s clearly meant to be an attack on those who challenge the “results” of this “election”.
Regardless, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this, which is the closing words. The last good thing that Cleaver said was to quote Numbers 6:24-26, with Cleaver saying “Now may the God who created the world and everything in it bless us and keep us. May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May the Lord lift up the light of his countenance on us and give us peace; peace in our families, peace across this land, and – dare I ask, O Lord – peace even in this chamber, now and evermore.”
And then, he closed: “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘god’ known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and a-woman.”
I would act surprised or shocked or astounded if this hadn’t come from the mouth of a Washington Establishment politician, who claims to have faith in the Lord but clearly belongs with Satan.
“Brahma” is a god from the Hindu religion – the one with multiple faces. According to the Hindu religion, “Brahma” was “born from a golden egg and created the earth and all things on it.” His backstory was later changed to him coming out of a lotus which emerged from the navel of Vishnu, another Hindu deity.
“Brahma” does not exist. Hardly think I need to tell anyone this, but it’s clear that this heathenistic idolater does believe he exists, as well as likely all other Hindu gods and gods from other religions, seeing as he clearly believes they are all of equal importance and significance as God.
Now, the biggest story out of this is the “a-woman” part, which is outright nonsense, as you know. “Amen” is a Hebrew word meaning “so be it,” and has no reference whatsoever to sex or gender. This is something an ordained minister ought to know more than others, but I guess Cleaver was absent that day in seminary.
I’m just kidding, the guy knows exactly what he’s doing. He is not confused about the meaning of “amen”. He just wanted to make a stupid statement about “equality” and “wokeness” and “social justice” by adding “a-woman” at the end of the “prayer.” This guy is a piece of crap, but more so for the former issue as opposed to the latter.
Which brings me back to what I just said: this was the biggest story to come out of this incident. Adding “a-woman” was a bigger deal to the media, both the fake news media and conservative media, than the prayer to fake gods apart from the Lord and the implication that those fake gods are just as valid as God.
This is outright blasphemy and a clear violation of the first commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” I guess the guy took that a little too literally by putting other gods after God, not before Him, but anyone with a positive IQ understands what God means when He says “you shall not have other gods before me.” You are to pray to God and God alone. Adding anyone else to the prayer is violating that first commandment and blaspheming against God, implying that His power and authority are not absolute.
There are no other Gods apart from God. Brahma doesn’t exist. Vishnu doesn’t exist. Allah (I know that the word means “God” in Arabic, but the kind of god that Muslims pray to is not the real God) doesn’t exist. Only God, Yahweh, exists. He exists in one essence and three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (or Ghost, if you want to call Him that).
No true Christian will acknowledge the existence of other gods, much less imply that they are just as valid of a deistic option when in prayer. Brahma, Vishnu, Allah, etc. cannot answer prayers because they don’t exist. Something that isn’t cannot do. In order to do, one must first be. Only God can answer prayers because only God exists.
I think that’s the bigger issue here – not the “a-woman” thing. “A-woman” is a nonsense, made-up word with absolutely no meaning, apart from attempting to make a dumb “woke” statement, like I mentioned earlier. Spiritually, adding “a-woman” at the end of the prayer does just as much as adding “cheese” at the end of a prayer: mocks prayer itself. And while that’s also bad, I consider outright idolatry and blasphemy to be far worse.
Mockery is bad, but it is the action of a fool. Idolatry and blasphemy, of this nature, is the action of one who ought to know better.
Cleaver is an ordained minister and served as the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1972 to 2009. It’s not like this is a young man who hardly knows better. This is someone who went to seminary and served as a pastor for a church for 37 years. Nearly four decades, and this guy thinks fake deities are not only real but EQUAL to God!?
But the fact that the dumb “a-woman” statement is the bigger issue here in the eyes of the media, not the outright idolatry and blasphemy, tells you something utterly grim. Now, this is to be, sadly, expected from the fake news media. These are the same people who, for five years, uttered nothing but lies about Trump and have conspired to undermine his administration at every turn. These aren’t exactly saints. But conservative media also got suckered into covering the “a-woman” portion, not the outright idolatry.
The Daily Wire somewhat takes note of the idolatry, but never outright calls Cleaver out for his idolatrous actions.
And throughout conservative Twitter, whenever this event was talked about, it was largely focusing on the “a-woman” mockery of the prayer, not the idolatry.
Whenever someone commits that kind of sin, it must be rebuked. This is particularly the case if that person is someone who really should know better, such as an ordained minister, and particularly when that kind of horrendous sin is committed in the opening prayer for something as important as a new session of Congress. God leads the people who call themselves our “leaders”, both the good ones and the bad ones. To do this is heinous and dangerous, and it’s begging for the wrath of God to descend upon these people.
May God guide the hearts and minds of even the worst of these blasphemers toward repentance of their sins and may God guide those who report on these things to be truthful and mindful of these kinds of actions. No part of the media, either conservative or mainstream, ought to just shrug off the idolatry from Cleaver and just focus on the dumb mocking “woke” statement.
“The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; they drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.”
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