The Oklahoma Democratic Party (ODP) will host an interdenominational faith service Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. inside the Bricktown Events Center in conjunction with its 2007 State Convention.Frankly, I'm a little disappointed that the Democrats couldn’t come up with any more gods than this. Why is no Aztec deity being represented? Why no worship of a golden calf? Where’s the priestess of Neptune? And are you telling me that Democrats, those tireless defenders of child sacrifice, couldn't come up with a priest of Baal?
ODP Faith Committee Chairman Rev. Jeff Hamilton said the service “is an interfaith gathering integrating an inclusive spiritual community with music and word.”
It will bring together readings from the New Testament and the Koran, as well as Hebrew scripture and Buddhist prayer and meditation. There will also be live music and a reading from a Dr. Martin Luther King sermon.
ODP chairman Lisa Pryor says this Sunday service promises to be "a unique experience for people from all faiths to come together in respect for personal faith." Look, I have no idea why a political party is holding a Sunday morning worship service in the first place. But I’m really unclear as to how it “respects” the Christian faith, for example, to hold a polytheistic service which in effect denies the gospel of Christ – the very deity who, apparently unconcerned with “integrating an inclusive spiritual community,” declared that “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
It is entirely appropriate to respect personal faith, and it's appropriate for people from all faiths to come together. But not in a worship service, for crying out loud. Scripture is clear that salvation comes only through “Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. … And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10-12). Therefore, I would hope that no Oklahoma Democrats of the Christian faith, and certainly no Christian ministers, will participate in Sunday's idolatrous compromise. If they do, one hopes that afterward they, like Peter, will break down and weep.