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
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.