(By Ricky Scaparo)I know this won’t be very popular to the die-hard Republicans that vow that they represent the vote of God himself and that all Republican values are consistent with the Word of God, but the Republican National Convention had no problems with sharing their platform and prayer time to Muslims and Sikhs. Now before you send me a nasty email or messages accusing me of supporting a Democratic platform or their values, I want to assure you that this is not the case at all. However, we cannot point the finger at one particular political party and demonize them and not see the plank in the other eye of their opponents.
According to recent reports from the Christian News Network, The founder of “Muslims for Trump” delivered a prayer at the conclusion of the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, an inclusion that drew opposition from at least one member of the audience.
according to the report, Sajid Tarar, a Baltimore-area resident who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in the 1980’s, took the podium shortly before 11 p.m. local time to deliver the benediction. According to Tarar, reporters earlier in the day said he had obtained permission from the Trump campaign to participate in the convention. “They asked me not only to do the benediction but to speak at the convention,” Tarar told the Washington Post. “I have prepared a speech, and I have been looking forward [to it].”
And then on the very same day, A Sikh woman from California also took the stage to present a prayer on behalf of Sikhism. Harmeet Dhillon, an attorney, and soon-to-be national RNC member took to the podium on Tuesday shortly before Donald Trump was officially nominated as the party’s presidential candidate. “It is an honor as a Sikh American and the vice chair of the California Republican Party to share a prayer from my faith tradition, Sikhism, the fifth largest religion in the world,” she said to those gathered.
Deuteronomy 12:29-31 – “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
What’s the big deal? Well the Lord gave a warning in the Old Testament regarding following and embracing other religions and their “gods”. It’s called “Idolatry” and is still forbidden today. Even in the New Testament when Paul the Apostle waited for some of the disciples at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. –Acts 17