I was going to put something up about the guy who won Britain’s Got Talent… but this just blew me away.
Let me start with a story from my Navy days … (Civilian equivalents placed in parentheses for Squid Talk)
I was in my rack (bed) onboard the USS Nimitz, having just returned from the head (bathroom) after my shower. Right before taps (the announcement that the work day is over, 10 PM) by tradition the chaplain (Navy preacher) provides the evening prayer.
On this occasion we had a visiting Roman Catholic Priest who was on his way to one of the small boys (Navy ships that escort the larger aircraft carriers) and he was given the opportunity to lead this evening’s prayer. So, he gets on the 1MC (ship’s intercom) and begins to intone, “Dear God, Yahweh , Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Mother Earth… You are known by many names…” I have no idea what he said since I practically hit the deck (floor) at those words coming out the mouth of a man with a cross on his sleeve (a Christian chaplain).
I had that same feeling when I read this story in the Seattle Times. Here is a quote but you should read the whole thing:
Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.
On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.
She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.
Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she’s ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she’s also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved.
Her Bishop does not have a problem with it. Heck, he is down right pumped about the whole thing:
Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. Her announcement, first made through a story in her diocese’s newspaper, hasn’t caused much controversy yet, he said.
Listen, If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is uniquely very God of very God, then rip the cross off your sleeve. If you do not think that John chapter one teaches that in the beginning Jesus was “the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” then you really should turn in your preaching robes, even the rainbow ones.
If Jesus Christ is not God then His promises are worse than lies. They are death and hell. His proclamation of forgiveness to the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears? The ravings of a mad man. His promise to send His Spirit? Merely spit in the eyes of His grieving friends. Jesus Christ not God? No resurrection with power, no ascension to the right had of the Father, no return in Glory and you are still in your sins.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.
(HT Mark Steyn, Dave M.)