Donald Miller – Prays at the Democratic National Convention

for those of you that don’t know, VERY COOL NEWS, Donald Miller is going to be giving the benediction tonight at the Democratic National Convention. i’m VERY stoked to have heard that news. i just think d.miller has such a fantastic and profoundly Biblical view of the Kingdom of God and our part in it. in my opinion them donkeys (democrats…come on now) couldn’t have chosen a better guy to commit this profoundly influential vote to the Lord.

 i had an interesting dialogue with a few fellow staffers this morning. one of the questions regarding Donald praying tonight was… ‘Do you think he’ll pray in ‘Jesus Name”? historically, people that have prayed in political forums like this, primarily Christian leaders, haven’t prayed in ‘Jesus Name’. let me just say, trust me, we had a pretty heated debate about how that matters or not. i’ll weigh in my thoughts a bit later, but, it was a VERY intriguing conversation on why or if that matters or not. i’m interested to see his prayer a bit later. i’ll post it on this blog once Donald posts it later today.

My question to you is – do you think that matters? do you think he should? what if he doesnt? what if he does? hahaha…i know this might seem like a ridiculous blog, but, based on our discussion this morning i thought i’d just throw the question out there and see what you thought. SOUND OFF!

 

UPDATE: WELL – read for yourself, all of those who had doubts (don’t worry Thomas was a disciple and he doubted too…haha) that he wouldn’t. i’d still love to hear your thoughts on whether it was definitively important though. by the way, Don, if you’re reading this…what a BEAUTIFUL prayer and thank you for what you’re doing in the Kingdom of God! here is the video of it and the prayer:

 

DONALD MILLERS PRAYER – DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION – 2008

“Father God,

This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.

We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.

We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.

Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.

Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.

Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.

Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.

We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.

A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.

Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.

Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.

Lastly, father, unify us.

Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.

And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

God we know that you are good.

Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.

I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.

Let Him be our example.

Amen.”

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13 responses to “Donald Miller – Prays at the Democratic National Convention

  1. stellar. we’re watching it right now… can’t wait to hear DM pray it up!

  2. I’ve read several of Don’s books this year…I really love the way he looks at Christianity and the way it fits (or doesn’t fit) into the world. Awesome prayer.

  3. dude, this is awesome. hope you don’t mind but i copied the prayer from you blog and also posted it on my blog:)

    As I think of this situation and your question on whether it was a good thing or not…I see two sides.

    I see it as being extremely commendable and brave thing for someone of Donalds stature and influence to be so real and pray the only way he should pray. In the name of Jesus. Thats Donald, he has an amazing view of faith and Christianity. I can’t imagine him downplaying reality and leave Jesus out of it. Jesus is obviously the center of true Christianity.

    On the other hand…I can see that someone would see Donald being used as a tool by the Dem party to capture the votes of Christians, young adult Christians particularly. The Dem party originally asked the founder of Relevant Magazine to open in prayer but he turned that down because he didn’t want to come across as “choose sides.” (Although he will be on a panel for religious discussions at the DNC, which is cool)

    Anyways…I commend Donald for what he stands for and not shying away from something that could be controversial. I don’t know him personally but I would think that he went into it with an open pure heart to do Gods will and not to choose sides or get famous from it. Hopefully the majority of Christians will see that. I think a lot of young adults who follow Christ are becoming more involved in the political process this time around, it seems anyway. Hopefully Donald being a part of this will encourage more Christians to open their eyes and look more deeply into issues that are often glazed over to seem too big to care about or too “Liberal” or too “Conservative” to converse about.

    Ah, politics. crazy stuff:)

  4. Very interesting. I give him props for making his requests in the name of Jesus, though I did find the phrasing of the following line interesting:

    “I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.”

    Feels very PC to me (and like he’s talking about Mother Teresa)…I feel like that statement minimizes Jesus’s death: like saying food is important because it tastes great when its essential purpose is nourishment.

    On the flip side it may make some non-christians (and christians too) begin to respect and inquire into the life and actions of Christ. His heart was for the widows, orphans, the weak, and the broken.

    Overall, I love his writing and thinking. And he looked a bit like Jeremy Piven.

  5. Anyone else feel that despite his prayer being well crafted and “in Jesus’ name” (huge props) – he has stepped unwittingly into the great political manipulating that will undoubtedly bombard us for the remainder of this election cycle?

    He represents thousands upon thousands of uprooted young Christians – politically confused and looking for someone they ‘trust’ to give guidance. (as did first pick, Cameron Strang, editor and founder of Relevant Magazine)

    His books have inspired so many – his radical approaches strike passion deep in the heart of so many 20somethings – and his declaration of Democratic affiliation and subsequent DNC prayer seems to serve as a subtle, grandfatherly invitation to the anchorless neo-christians to cast their beans in the Democrat cauldron.

    Considering a prayer of this sort is primarily for show anyway (and could be done with more passion in private), do you think his utterings did more harm than good or vice versa???

    Thoughts??

  6. I found Donald’s prayer a very “Now I lay me down to sleep” begging of a faraway deity. Until there is a shift in Christianity from living out of a sense of separation from God to the realization of our oneness with the Father (the very thing Jesus prayed for in John 17), we are doomed to irrelevancy.

  7. This won’t be a popular view, but I found his prayer kind of pathetic. Much of it just sounded like it was written by an Obama speech writer…”Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.” AND “Help us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.” AND “Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.” AND “…balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.” ETC.

    Universal healthcare, living wage, “equal opportunity” for college, diversity, single moms, etc…all phrased using narrow, political, sound-bite, one-sided language. Seems like just about the only thing he left out was something about our having a “choice” to have children.

    And considering all that, in my opinion it makes it even WORSE that he offered that thing in the name of Jesus.

    Shameful.

  8. I am a fan of DM and I was disappointed to hear the obvious political slant of his prayer.
    Much of the message I appreciated in his books was about how he was raised in a religiously political atmosphere and how contrary to the gospel it was. I guess the reality is the gospel being corrupted by politics didn’t bother him it was the fact that it was conservative politics.
    It has once again been demonstrated: we become what we hate. Very sad.

  9. I agree with Mike….Love Mom

  10. This was a point-by-point endorsement of Obama, plain and simple. I think I would respect him more if he just outright endorsed Obama instead of beating around the bush.

    I have no problem with him endorsing Obama. I just wish he would be honest about it and not insult my intelligence with non-partisan rhetoric.

    Almost everything he said was a direct reference to democrat platforms. People can say what they like, at least Jerry Fallwell was OVERT in his support of Ronald Reagan.

  11. i am deeply troubled, though not surprised with donald miller’s stand in this situation. in an interview with christianity today, he spoke of being a democrat, talked about america not being christian nation anymore, and seemed hesitant to answer questions dealing with homosexuality and abortion. not only has the emerging/emergent church worked towards destroying the God of the Bible, now it’s leading countless young people to believe that one of the most important things in this life is abolishing social injustices. in His time on earth, Jesus’ focus was never ending social injustices. yes, we are commanded to care for people, to help the widow and the orphan, to give, etc. But what happened to the sanctity of life? is that not also a command? and what about keeping ourselves unstained and following God’s guidance to deny the world, as those who are friends with the world will be enemies of God? regardless of what the authors, celebrities, pastors of this day have to say — we need to be seeking God’s holiness. some may say i am a clanging gong…without love. but LOVE & tolerance are two very different things. obviously it’s important to love people – to bring the UNLOVED to the Lord and treat them with respect and care.

    “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…”
    the part we forget to add at the end is this:

    “and to keep oneself unstained from the world”.

    james 1:27

  12. How disappointed I was in this prayer…….and Wow, what a great opportunity was missed by Donald Miller at the DNC! To squander the opportunity to communicate on the national stage the beautiful intercession between God and Man into becoming “ a political puppet” for a party that blatantly supports the most hideous of injustices, the taking of innocent human life!

    Mike, Wren and Momma Wurzell have pegged it well….I have a few additional thoughts.

    These were the parts of the prayer that I was disappointed in….

    “Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.”

    Please note that when Jesus came into the world the health care was much more primitive than what we have in the United States today. I appeal to the readers of this blog that there were many sick people and many poor people. Jesus had the power to fix both and he chose not to. When he ascended into heaven the sick and the poor were still here! Hmm……certainly he did not look at this as the purpose of his ministry….nor did He teach us to pray this way. He did make some profound statements that related to his followers that indicated that He would take care of us. Maybe a “less political prayer” would be to “Give us the opportunities that the Good Samaritan had to personally take care of our neighbors who need help with their health care and to be a good steward of what God has given me to help the poor.” Big government, whether democrat or republican, has overhead and waste that is not nearly as effective as personally reaching out to our neighbors as Jesus taught. Jesus taught our responsibilities to the physical needs of those around us.

    Miller goes on…

    “Help us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.”

    What?????? Should I vomit here? Teachers get paid every bit of what they deserve. Most of my immediate families are teachers. They went to school to be teachers…..they sign contracts that say that they will be paid a certain agreed amount of annual salary and in the many years that they have taught they have never been let down. The paycheck has always been on time and for what they were contracted for! What’s to figure out? I have never heard of a teacher in our great country that was ever let down on an educational contract that they signed? My family members make between $40,000 and $90,000 a year as educators and have 12 weeks of vacation time. Am I missing something? Or is this another “democrat platform plank” that Mr. Miller has fallen for.

    Children do have an equal opportunity to get a college education. In our country you can still compete and work hard and it pays off! There is an unbelievable amount of money available for those who want and need it. Funny thing, I have a single parent sister who is a teacher making just over $40,000 a year. She has 3 children who in the last 3 years have attended Private Schools that cost between $16,000 and $32,000 a year. Two have graduated and the other is going to graduate in another year. Government, hard work, and a personal determination to not let their circumstances dictate their fate all have aided in making higher education a reality. Let’s teach our children these biblical values that everywhere in the Book of Proverbs. Let’s figure that out! And pray that we will teach our children well.

    Miller continues….

    “Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.”

    Don, you are a brave man to try to figure out something that Jesus wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. Maybe you are into a governed redistribution of wealth kind of politics. Jesus wasn’t really into economic balance….he was into changing the hearts of men that they might help make the kingdom one that is not of this world. That is the answer! That would be an incredible prayer to change the hearts of men to know the truth.

    He starts his conclusion with…

    “We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

    Like I said above, Jesus does not seem like the one who will help us solve “these problems” because He didn’t make it a priority when he was here. I might suggest that when we pray that we are careful as Jesus taught “not to stand up in the public place” where it is so tempting to pray to the audience. Instead to go to our rooms alone and revere the name of our Father, pray for the expansion of His Kingdom and will in our land, for our daily needs, and a lifestyle of forgiveness towards injustice that resist temptation and evil.

    I am a big fan of Don Miller and have read and listen to many fresh truths that come from his lips….This prayer was not one of them. It is my opinion that he was asked to pray (something liberals are usually against in their view of separation of church and state) to lure into their party evangelicals and that Donald Miller became a pawn for political gain.

  13. This is a prayer from Bob Russel:
    THE PRAYER
    Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,,” but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
    We confess:
    We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. 
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. 
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle. 
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. 
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. 
We have killed our unborn and called it choice. 
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. 
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. 
We have abused power and called it politics. 
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. 
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. 
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
    Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
    Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.

    This would have been great, too! He’d have been stoned.

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