Thousands Join Obama and Biden for One-World Religious Service at Washington National Cathedral

Washington, D.C. — Over two thousand people joined Barack Obama and Joseph Biden for an interfaith inaugural service this morning at the Washington National Cathedral, which united the nation’s religions in prayer for the Obama administration.

Attorney General Eric Holder, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer were all stated to be in attendance.

The service included a variety of guests from a number of religions, who presented Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish prayers for the president. Islamic Society of North America President Mohamed Magid delivered an invocation asking that Obama would have “discernment and the self-control necessary to our time,” a Sikh representative asked that all men would have “concern for our neighbors,” and a Catholic layman spoke of the need for interdependence in America.

“Transform the jangling discourse of our nation into a beautiful symphony of the human family,” prayed Raphael Warnock of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once pastored. “And through us may the earth and all of the families of the earth be blessed.”

Many of the guests who prayed or spoke were also women ministers. Barbara Williams-Skinner from the National African American Clergy Network appeared at the event, as well as Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church offered prayers, and Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington, also made an appearance in welcoming attendees.

As previously reported, one of the keynote speakers for the event was Adam Hamilton of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, the largest megachurch within its denomination. Hamilton, who is known as being the author of the book Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality and Politics, delivered a message about finding common ground and working together.

“Over the last two weeks, I’ve been praying a lot. ‘God, what would you have me to say to these remarkable people? And the first thing I felt God wanted me to say to you was simply, thank you. Thank you,” he began. “[Some people] really want to make a difference; they really want to change the world for the better. I believe that represents you and all the people in your administration, and the leadership of our country.”

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Hamilton continued by speaking on the life of Moses, whom he called the “great emancipator,” in light of 2013 marking the 150th year since Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. He stated that people must be humble like Moses, find a common vision and work together.

“You should’ve been a preacher,” Hamilton remarked to Obama, evoking laughter.

“God actually has you exactly where God wants you,” he later added. “And yesterday you began to lay out a vision for us in your inaugural address that was very powerful and compelling.”

In addition to Hamilton and the other featured guests, the Washington Performing Arts Society’s children’s choir sang “Determined to Go On” for those present.

This morning’s service was the third that Obama has attended in the past three days. Yesterday, prior to the inaugural service, he attended St. John’s Episcopal across from the White House. Among the guests at the service included Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Honored to be at church with President Obama this morning,” she Tweeted yesterday morning.

During Monday’s pre-inaugural service, Andy Stanley, son of well-known Baptist preacher Charles Stanley and megachurch pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, delivered a message in which he reportedly told Obama that he should be called the “pastor-in-chief.”

“Mr. President, you have an awfully big room,” he said. “My prayer to you is to leverage that power for the stewardship of our nation.”

Services at Washington National Cathedral following inaugural ceremonies have been a long-held American tradition, spanning 106 years. Earlier this month, the Episcopalian Cathedral announced that it would begin hosting same-sex ceremonies for homosexual couples.

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  • J M Jacobs

    Charles Stanley needs to take that boy out behind the woodshed and whale the tar out of him…talk some sense into him. God will not be mocked.

    • Christina Wallbrown

      I have always had respect for Charles Stanley & love to listen to his radio program. But where in the world did he go wrong with his son Andy? There is only 1 (one) more , no less!! This country is in a mess! Dear God help us all!!

      • CindyW

        What happened to Andy is he comes from a broken family—-his mom and dad are divorced. His dad said he would step down from leadership if divorced and did not when it actually happened. SIN and Compromise. Once that enters a household and is not repented of, the “fruit” we are seeing is expected. Remember what Paul said about a “little sin”?

  • Stephanie

    From Washington D.C to across this nation, a One World government and religion is spreading like wildfire. Those who have been truly born again, and are grounded in the Word of God, will take heed to the Lord Jesus’ command: “Do not be deceived”. We must continually be alert to the schemes of the enemy. Satan comes as an angel of light. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is clothed in religiosity.

    Saints of God….watch and wait.

    Prepare your hearts for persecution.

    • Michelle Bowen

      I’ve seen him as a bad person for years, and its just disgusting how these people just fall head over heels to selling their ‘religion’ out. Worse betraying God. Its just like in the Bible, it speaks of fooling the ‘elect’ which is people who are Christians in the church. People like this! Geesh wake up! Read the Bible you profuse to love!

  • Michelle Bowen

    This is absurd! And these people are falling so eagerly for it! Oh my gosh the part about God haing Obama right where he wants is so true. Specially if he pans out to be the Anti Christ…..even if he’s not God is letting Satan have his time to toy with the Christians to test their loyalty to God! Mine will not waiver, not even if they call me a religious biggot, or a moron, or anything. I will not be moved. I do not respect the Islamic beliefs and I believe that if we tried this same BS in their mosque (SP>) we would get killed for it!

  • StephenFreese

    Andy Stanley has brought a great indictment against him for this, while this action, coalesces with his liberal theology. He has demonstrated a total lack of discernment and it is stunning, coming from a father who I hold in such high esteem. Obama is NOT, a born again Christian, he feigns belief, and for “any” pastor to align himself with an enemy of the cross, is biblically egregious and outrages. Biden is also a professor of the faith, but, has the same fruit as Obama, as they of course, support the Democratic platform of 2008, which beholds and embraces all of the sins of Romans one as non-sinful, normative behavior…This stance of Andy should grieve his father as it grieves all of us…If any pastors, leaders etc. associate with Andy after this, they should be called out publicly for either their own lack of discernment and/or their tacit approval…

  • Nivek Yentrouc

    This article was written in 2013. It’s now 2017, my how things have changed, for the worse. Still, God has a time table and we really shouldn’t pray for our country so much as we should pray for converts. God will do with America the profane as he will. We’ve come to the point where we cannot say, God and country. We must ask, God or country because our sin worshiping country is beyond our help.
    God give us the words to help sinners see your light and the courage to say them.