Many high school graduations take place this weekend. Our grandson’s graduation was June 4th. I need to report on this graduation because I could not say amen to the opening prayer of the ceremony.
It’s a sad thing when the prayer begins with “Our Creator”, and every single reference to God or our Father in Heaven is replaced with “Creator”.
The end of the prayer was just Amen, without the words “In the name of Jesus Christ”. I looked at my granddaughter and said: “I can’t say amen to that! Our Creator?”
My husband said that I missed the point. “Look around,” he said. “Don’t you see the people that are here?”
I said, “Of course I see the people here. And yes, there were obviously Muslims. So What! Muslim believe in God and actually refer to Him as God sometimes and not just as Allah. And you know what, so do everyone else accept atheists.”
If 90% of the crowd believe in God, what’s the big deal? Yes, I know, it’s called “Politically Correct” so that nobody will be offended–just like they’ve done throughout the whole nation this year.
Well you know what? I was very offended. Don’t I matter? They can offend me and some other Christians but not others! One person can complain that they felt offended by use of the word God, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, or Lord but what if I complain for use of the word “Creator” in place of the true ruler of this world and the Universe?
I am not at all pleased with this situation! I WON’T apologize for believing we should be praying to our God and our Heavenly Father. If we want, we should be able to say “in the name of Jesus Christ Amen” if we want. To replace those words with a non-offending word like “Creator” ticks me off more than I can explain.
It never occurred to me that they might do something like this, I just thought there might not be a prayer. I guess I should have expected it because of the way this nation is bending over backwards to make everybody happy. Somebody needs to remind them that they can’t make all the people happy all the time so why try?
The problem is that the “Politically Correct Police” are out there making sure we offend nobody but Christians. It’s acceptable in this nation to offend Christians because rarely do they fight back or complain. I am not one who usually takes offence either but this time I was really taken back by it. I think the reason it bothered me is because they used the word “Creator” to appease others when they should have plainly left out the prayer altogether if they were worried about how a prayer would be taken.
I did not want to embarrass my grandson and family by making a case out it, so I said nothing. Now I use this post as my forum to express my disgust. I do plan to protest it later though, without leaving my name. I have to do it or I won’t be true to myself. I don’t expect anything to change but I feel I have to open my mouth and express my feelings.
Never have I thought that a prayer would offend me or expect to hear “Creator” in the place of the word God or Heavenly Father. It’s outrageous that, in America, we have to even be discussing this topic. Our nation was founded on God and His values and now we have to pretend there is not just one God?
If we visit Italy and a prayer is said at a graduation there, we expect to hear a Catholic prayer. In India or any other nation that is Muslim, we expect to hear some sort of Muslim prayer. But in America, why is it that more than 80% of the nation believe in God, we cannot have some form of Christian prayer?
Please tell me how you feel about this topic. I’m very interested in how you handle this type of situation. Thanks.