Thursday, June 21, 2012
9:52 AM Jennifer Hudson Taylor No comments
"And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:13)
When I saw the Charlotte Observer article that Charlotte, NC police chaplains have been forbidden to pray in the name of Jesus at department ceremonies, my heart became grieved. I understand that they want to be sensitive to other faiths. They have six chaplains on staff and all of them are Christian. Rather than taking away a religious freedom from one group, why not submit an invitation to those who represent the other faiths to join them? After all, they are volunteers and none of them are paid. I'm sure some of them would come forward and be available when they can.
If Christians pray without the name of Jesus, our prayers do not have the same power. When we pray, we want our prayers answered. Jesus' name, and the belief in Him, makes this happen. In the Christian faith, there is no power in prayer without the name of Jesus. Don't forsake the name of Jesus in your prayers. Politely decline to pray in public if you must. In the presence of other sectarian prayers, pray a silent prayer to Jesus, He knows and hears your heart. This will disrespect no one of another faith and we will be keeping the commandment that Jesus gave us in loving our neighbors (Romans 13:10) and keeping the peace when possible (Proverbs 11:12) without sacrificing our own beliefs.