Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), who is an ordained United Methodist minister, opened the first session of the 117th Congress on Sunday by praying in the name of a Hindu god and twisting the word “amen” into a commentary on gender.
“Eternal God, noiselessly we bow before your throne of grace as we leave behind the politically and socially clamorous year of 2020,” began Cleaver, who served as the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1972 to 2009.
“We gather now in this consequential chamber to inaugurate another chapter in our roller coaster representative government. The members of this august body acknowledge your sacred supremacy and therefore confess that without your favor and forbearance, we enter this new year relying dangerously on our own fallible nature,” he continued.
Cleaver went on to ask divine assistance during what he described as “a moment when many believe that the bright light of democracy is beginning to dim.” Imploring God to empower the 117th Congress to maintain liberty for future generations, he also asked God to maintain his presence even during times of “heightened disagreement.”
Quoting the benediction from Numbers 6:24-26, Cleaver closed, “Now may the God who created the world and everything in it bless us and keep us. May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May the Lord lift up the light of his countenance on us and give us peace; peace in our families, peace across this land, and — dare I ask, O Lord — peace even in this chamber, now and evermore.”
Though his prayer was replete with explicitly Christian themes, terminology, and references, Cleaver closed it by appealing to the deities of “many different faiths,” implying they are all the same.
“We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and ‘god’ known by many names by many different faiths,” said Cleaver.
“Amen and a-woman,” he closed, in an apparent attempt to render the word fair to both sexes.
Brahma is a four-faced Hindu deity who “was born from a golden egg and created the earth and all things on it,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. He was later believed to have come out of a lotus that emerged from the navel of Vishnu, another Hindu deity.
The word “amen,” often translated “so be it,” finds its root in the Hebrew for “faithfulness” or “fidelity.” It has been used adverbially since antiquity to express affirmation of belief and agreement, and has nothing to do with gender.
Cleaver was involved in the ordeal that led to the House chaplain’s exorcism of the lower chamber in July 2019.
Cleaver was presiding over a contentious debate when shouting erupted on the floor over a resolution to condemn tweets from President Donald Trump that urged members of “the Squad” to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Claiming both sides “just want to fight,” an exasperated Cleaver threw down the gavel and abandoned the chair in a historic display of frustration.
“[House Chaplain] Father Patrick [Conroy] and I sat together earlier the day of all of the chaos and confusion during the resolution concerning President Trump,” Cleaver recalled to Fox News host Martha MacCallum. “And he said to me — leaned over and said, ‘You know, I feel a presence in here, an evil presence.’ He said it’s not a Democrat or a Republican. He said there’s something else going on here. He said, ‘I’m going to have to pray tomorrow to ask God to cleanse this place.’”
EDITOR’S NOTE: There is only ONE God they are not “all the same” do not be deceived. There is only one name that can save you and Brahma is not it!!
1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
Hinduism teaches that the material world is an illusion. Accordingly, Hindus believe that humans are in bondage to the cycle of reincarnation and to their bodies and its lusts. The goal of Hinduism is to seek escape from this bondage and to achieve union with the ultimate reality, that is, to become one with Brahman. This escape is called Moksha which means deliverance, emancipation or liberty. Hinduism teaches three basic ways to escape
What danger does Hinduism pose?
The doctrinal flexibility of Hinduism has made it very popular and dangerous in the West. Christianity is seen to be narrow-minded and exclusive and is therefore very unpopular in a pluralistic and politically correct society. Many people in the west have replaced ‘resurrection’ and ‘judgement’ with ‘reincarnation’ and ‘karma’ in their thinking about spiritual issues. The New Age movement teaches ‘monism’; the idea that all is one. Meditation and mantras are offered as ways to relieve stress in today’s world. People are being told that they can be like God, repeating Satan’s deception of Eve in Genesis 3:5. The only solution is to share the gospel with our Hindu friends and to bring them out of darkness and into God’s marvellous light.
There are a number of Hindu Scriptures, but none have any final authority. Hindus do not refer to books for guidance, they depend on priests to interpret them. Christians can explain that there is unity in the Bible. It has final authority. It is God’s word, inspired by the Holy Spirit, which addresses the spiritual needs of men (2 Tim 3:16).
God is pure
The Hindu Scriptures portray the gods as fallible beings. They sometimes are cruel and have to be appeased by sacrifices. Christians can speak of the purity and holiness of our God who is just and loving (1 Pet 1:18-21).
God reaches out to man
Hindus believe they must struggle in life to bring themselves into union with God. They believe that good deeds lead them nearer to that state. Christians can tell them that nothing we do can please God. Jesus died on the cross to save us from the consequences of our sin and to give eternal life to those who trust Christ and repent (Rom 3:23 ; Eph 2:8-9 ; Rom 12:1).
We have one life on earth
Hindus believe in reincarnation. Christians can explain that we only have one life and after that we face judgment. Those that trust Christ will be with the Lord. Those who do not are condemned to Hell. There is no second chance (Heb 9:27).
Christ is unique
Hindus believe all ways lead to God. They even admire Jesus as a great teacher and treat him like another god. We must be clear in telling Hindus that to come to Christ is to forsake all other gods. When we speak to Hindus, at some point we will have to tell them that the only way to God is though Christ. There is no other way (Jn 14:6).