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IDOLATRY: GOP prays Muslim prayer to Allah at the Republican National Convention.

The Republican Party committed idolatry last night.

The very first of the Ten Commandments is unambiguous: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). The word translated “before” can also be translated “other” or “besides,” meaning this is a blanket prohibition against acknowledging any god other than the God revealed in Scripture, the God the Founding Fathers worshipped and acknowledged as supreme.

And yet the GOP, in its misguided and mindless effort to expand its big tent, invited a Muslim, one Sajid Tarir, to offer the closing benediction last night at the Republican National Convention. The closing prayer was thus offered by a man who worships Allah, a counterfeit god whose religion is, as Churchill put it, the greatest “retrograde force” in all the world. It was offered by a man who reveres the warlord pedophile Muhammad as a prophet and does not regard Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

Was this a harmless gesture on the GOP’s part, a way of throwing a nod of inclusiveness to the Muslim community, or was it something foolish and even dangerous?

The answer to that question depends upon your view of Scripture. For those who, as I do, hold a high view of Scripture, the implication is plain that the GOP allowed a demonic power to be invited into its building last night, which is hardly an incidental thing to do.

The Bible teaches us that there is a supernatural world inhabited by the Triune God and holy angels who do his bidding. But that supernatural and unseen world is also inhabited by dark spirits who serve the god of the underworld, Satan, and do his bidding. Just as God can be summoned in prayer, so can dark spirits who serve their dark overlord.

The Scriptures warn us against participating in any religious exercise in honor of pagan gods. “What pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons” (1 Corinthians 10:20). In other words, Allah is simply a demon masquerading as a god. And the GOP allowed this supernatural and evil entity to be invoked on its behalf last night.

So while the Democrats booed God out of their party in 2012, the GOP invited a demon god into its party in 2016.

Tarir heads something he calls “Muslims for Trump,” but there is scant evidence that his group has any members other than himself. Its Facebook page has only a few hundred likes and hasn’t been updated since May.

Tarir is a bit of shadowy figure himself. According to the Washington Post, he has four active cases against him for failing to pay his bills and had a series of criminal complaints filed against him in 2009. After the brouhaha over Melania’s speech, it might behoove the Trump campaign to tighten up its vetting process on all fronts.

Multiculturalism, which the GOP lamely attempted to practice last night, is simply a six syllable word for cultural suicide. This nation was built on the Judeo-Christian tradition, not on the twisted values of the Qur’an.

The Republican Party wandered dangerously off course last night. Bottom line: the GOP needs a Christian clergyman to offer an invocation today which cleans up Tarir’s mess,  pulls the party back to the path from its walk in the weeds, and restores God to his rightful place as the head of the party.

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2 Comments

  1. David H.

    July 21, 2016 10:20 am at 10:20 am

    Bryan,
    The Kingdoms of this world, are not the Kingdom of God. Though our values as Christian, and our Judeo Christian heritage do influence the political aspects of this country, This country is no more God’s earthly kingdom than Babylon under Nebechudnezzer, or Persia under Cyrus were used of God, and thus called “servants of God”. If your faith lies in the earthly kingdom, your faith is misplaced. If Your faith is in the King of kings, and his kingdom then it is rightly placed. America is a nation based on Judeo Christian values, But it is not the kingdom of heaven. What matters is, does the person running for office fear the Lord, Or do they not even believe in the Lord. The choice is clear.
    Pandering to __________ is what politicians do…(You fill in the blank). Are there such people as “peaceful muslims”? Yes, but they are not “good muslims” or practicing muslims. Praying to Allah is a form of idolatry as you point out, but placing your faith in an earthly kingdom is also a form of idolatry as well. Patriotism is a form of idolatry….You will not hear many Christians say that, now will you? But Patriotism is just another “ism” that “is” of “man”. We are Christians. We are in the world, but not of the world. We serve God, not man. We are bound to his Yoke, not to the yoke of government. Though government may enslave us, we are free. As such, we obey the government until they tell us we must serve them ahead of God. The threat of liberalism is that they want to tell you how you can worship God. The Strength of conservativism is that they protect your right to serve God as you see fit. In the free market of religion that the founders set up, Christianity wins everytime, because it is based on Good news. Islam will always lose, and is why they use Sharia law and the sword to enforce servitude.
    Ted Cruz, and his Father practice a theology called dominionism. This Evil is the very same theology that led to the Papacy and Vatican theocracy, that bound and murdered so many servants and saints of the Most High God, and led to the ruin of the name of Christ throughout the world. Let us not fall into that category as well. Preach the Gospel, Teach those who receive the Gospel that we belong to a heavenly kingdom, and serve a heavenly king, who is the King of Kings and Lord of lords. Do not be seduced by the religion of patriotism, Nor fall into the trap of dominionism, where your heart serves mammon ahead of God.
    God bless.

  2. Dan McCloud

    November 25, 2016 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm

    David H; Your mini-thesis tends to ‘throw the baby out with the wash-water’. Let’s distill this discussion. Do you honestly think that our Risen Savior approved of this Muslim prayer? I believe he DID NOT. I also believe that he couldn’t care less about ‘politics’. And that His opinion is the only one that matters!

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