On Monday, I noted that President-elect Barack Obama has invited openly gay bishop Gene Robinson to pray at the inauguration. The New York Times reports on this selection and includes a brief interview with Bishop Robinson:
Bishop Robinson said he had been reading inaugural prayers through history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.”
“I am very clear,” he said, “that this will not be a Christian prayer, and I won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that. The texts that I hold as sacred are not sacred texts for all Americans, and I want all people to feel that this is their prayer.”
Bishop Robinson said he might address the prayer to “the God of our many understandings,” language that he said he learned from the 12-step program he attended for his alcohol addiction.
This morning, Albert Mohler posted an interesting commentary on Robinson’s remarks. Mohler writes:
The bishop’s comments reveal just about everything one needs to know about his theology.Â He pledges that “this will not be a Christian prayer” and he “won’t be quoting Scripture or anything like that.”Â No, nothing like that. . . The “God of our many understandings” is a confused composite — a very postmodern idol.Â Clive James is quite right about the theological crisis of unbelieving bishops – but you need go no farther than New Hampshire to find an example.