Dems Like Jazz?

Last night, after Michelle Obama and her daughters exited the stage the networks all went to their talking heads to dissect her speech. I wish they had stayed rolling instead.

If they had, the country would have been able to see Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, give the benedictory prayer.

As it turns out, Cameron Strang of RELEVANT Magazine was initially offered the slot, but at the last moment deferred to Miller. Here’s a link to Strang explaining his decision on Hannity & Colmes.

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11 thoughts on “Dems Like Jazz?

  1. While a little “agenda-y” Miller’s prayer was excellent. For the most part it did a great job of citing genuine Christ-centered requests/goals. I was a little dismayed at the large amount of conference people who acted oblivious to the fact that someone was praying…but I guess that happens in churches every Sunday too huh?

  2. Here’s the transcript:

    “Father God,

    This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.

    We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.

    We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.

    Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.

    Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.

    Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.

    Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

    Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

    Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.

    We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

    Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.

    A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.

    Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.

    Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.

    Lastly, father, unify us.

    Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.

    And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

    God we know that you are good.

    Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.

    I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.

    Let Him be our example.

    Amen.”

  3. these types of prayers always make me uneasy.
    perhaps it’s the open eyes (i know there’s nothing theologically right or wrong about that) or perhaps it’s the totally pre-thought-out, pre-written, read from the teleprompter approach that makes it awkward for me. i don’t know. don’t get me wrong, it’s a “great prayer” (also awkward) and i agree with his sentiment.

  4. if only our nation or any of the leaders in that room really honestly felt we needed god the way he talks about, that would be change.

  5. I’m with Jim on Cameron. I think he made a wise decision. Not that I think him doing the benediction would have been a bad thing necessarily, but as the editor of RELEVANT he has his own interests to look out for.

    But even beyond that, he picked the right guy to refer the DNC to. Miller’s the communicator, Strang’s the catalyst, conversationalist type. Miller works much better in this context, and Strang will perform much better in the forums he’ll be participating in.

    But I do have to say… props to the DNC for engaging young “post-modern” Christians and inviting a handful of “leaders” into their process. That wasn’t Graham, or Dobson, or even Wallis or Camapolo giving that benediction. They invited a prominent person from the upcoming (I wanted to say emerging – but you know) generation. I kind of dig that gesture.

  6. Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

    Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

    _______________________________________________
    why didn’t he just pray that democrats get elected in november?
    (insert smile emoticon here)

  7. I think that may have been where Erik felt it got a little “agenda-y.” At times it was.

    But, I think the majority and jist of it is fairly non-partisan and something most of us can get with to some degree at least.

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