The Politics of Prayer

Here is the prayer from last night:

8/23: Donald Miller is probably best known (by me anyway) for writing
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality.. and apparently 28% of Christianity Today's online readership doesn't know who he is.. wonder how they would have voted if the pray-er was someone more well known like Franklin Graham?

I voted with the 20% but could have voted with the 19%. I was happy that.. if you discount the 28%.. most people think that it is okay for Miller to pray at the Democratic National Convention.

How would you have voted? Do you think that evangelicals should only pray with Republicans or maybe we should let other religous folks pray? Or maybe people shouldn't pray at political conventions? Please let me know what you think.


  1. I loved Blue Like Jazz. I think Miller was a wise choice. I also think we should pray everywhere, even political conventions. We should pray with everyone and anyone. Anytime we have an opportunity to say the name of Jesus, we should take it!

  2. Cool. I like Donald Miller. Great choice.

  3. I think it's fine for non-clergy to pray at an event like this,I do get suspect sometimes of how politicians use things like public prayer or statements of faith to manipulate the polls. But, in the end I think if God is acknowledged then no matter what the motive, He is glorified. I am all about Glorifying Him.

  4. I don't get the "No, the Dem party takes too many positions I don't agree with." Then wouldn't that make more prayer mo' betta?

    Anyway I think it was a great prayer though perhaps I would vote no since public prayer like this isn't something that is called for. We are to pray without ceasing, but is that a call for this sort of self-serving prayer? I'm not dissing the man praying. I think the prayer was as I said, was awesome. It just strikes me that saying it out loud at this venue struck me a bit like "Lord help us be cool like that, since most of these things are on our platform." Make sense?


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