I'm just going to admit it. This post is not in the least bit politically correct, nor do I wish it to be. When it comes to offending God, this institution is setting new records. But, sadly, I think it is just a barometer for how far this nation and our society have wandered astray. But it wasn't always that way.
It has been a religious institution that supported our heart and soul during trying and emotional times. Congress has officially designated the Washington Cathedral as the "National House of Prayer". To that point, during World War II, monthly services were held there "on behalf of a united people in a time of emergency". Before and since, the building has hosted other major events, both religious and secular, that have drawn the attention of the American people.
And now our attention is drawn there again, but because of a different kind of "emergency". CBN News disclosed that "The Washington National Cathedral will be hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday." One of the planner's of the event, South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool, who is a Muslim, called the service "a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations." A spokesman from a DC-area mosque is quoted as saying, "We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries. Let this be a lesson to the world." Furthermore, the planners of this Muslim prayer service are calling it a "powerful symbolic gesture." (Just take a look at some of the co-sponsors of the event: The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Islamic Society of North America; that should put it all in perspective).
Is there any reliable witness that can attest to "religious freedoms for minorities in Muslim countries"? I don't see it! And I can't help but sense a more ominous tone in the admonition to "Let this be a lesson to the world." The only thing I am in agreement with is, is that this event is truly "a powerful symbolic gesture."
It is not enough that this event may leave radical jihadists with an understanding that they have "conquered" our faith; I tremble at the impression it gives our God. This National "House of Prayer", is more than a church; it was dedicated to "a nation built on the rock of religious faith, a nation we celebrate as "one nation under God," a nation whose founding President, George Washington, said: "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States." Yet this National House of God has been compromised by the idolatry of man.
Not only will another god be worshipped in YHVH's House, but same-sex weddings can now be performed at Washington National Cathedral. But that's not all ... during a 9/11 ceremony and "Concert for Hope" at the Cathedral in 2011, Christian representatives were not invited; but a Hindu priest, a Buddhist nun, and a Muslim imam were part of the event.
The actions of our National Cathedral have clearly shown that, as a nation, we have become friends to the world; and we view Him as our enemy. We have decided to make choices that go against what our God demands, namely "to have no other gods before Him." He makes it very clear that it is to Him, and Him alone, that we are to bow in worship. And to worship another god in His House is especially insulting!
How can we, as a nation and a people, expect His continued blessings when we bow down at the altar of "political correctness" and "equality"? There is no equal to our God! But maybe I already know the answer ... there is a part of our society that rejects Him and refuses to seek His favor. They have no need for Him, choosing to elevate their own foolish "wisdom" over His Omniscience. How much longer will He tolerate our rebellion, our self-worship, and our impudent pride? These characteristics are all manifested in our biggest sin ... Unbelief. We have robbed God of His position as our Sovereign Lord, and offered our worship to idols. And now the National House of Prayer has become a den of iniquity; we will soon see what a Jealous God He is!
Matthew 21:13 "He said to them, The Scripture says, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers."