Pastor Apologizes for the Sin of Praying With Sandy Hook Victims

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When it comes to organized religion, I can see the good and the bad. I love the way congregations and their members are often the very first to step up when a community is in crisis. But I abhor the hatred of homosexuality, the extremism and literalism, and the general exclusion of so many other faiths and people, exemplified by this story of the Lutheran pastor who just apologized for worshipping with Sandy Hook Elementary School victims following the shooting tragedy. What??!!!

The Rev. Rob Morris, who lost one of his congregants in the shooting, has released a letter of apology for praying with Sandy Hook victims at the Newtown service attended by President Obama -- WHY? Isn't this the kind of thing a compassionate pastor does? Well, apparently his congregation didn't like the fact that this was an interfaith service. Which goes against Christ the King Lutheran Church's prohibition against worship with other religions.

And since there was a couple of other religions represented at the interfaith service following the massacre, Morris was in trouble. He wrote a letter, which his church released, apologizing and assuring everyone that he mentioned Jesus in his prayer at the service. Well, thank goodness for that!

Really, can you see Jesus refusing to pray with anyone?! Especially when it's being done to bring a community together after a horrific tragedy?! It's truly unfortunate that as much as religion tries to bring people together, it often just ends up tearing them apart. How can you say you follow the teachings of Jesus and yet not be able to pray in a service that includes other religions? Makes no sense.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened, of course. One pastor was stripped of his ministry after praying with "pagans" at a service for 9/11. Talk about losing sight of the big picture.

If I was a congregant at this Newtown church, I would think twice about it. Actually, I wouldn't think twice. I'd just quit. Not because of what the pastor did -- but because he had to apologize for it!

What do you think about this pastor? Was he wrong to pray with other faiths?


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Never knew Lutherans were extreme. I hear Lutheran I think Scandinavia (not the most aggressive people). Sounds very Westboro to me. Jesus would be soo proud. Smh.

Happy... Happydad73

Are you aware that Jesus never prayed with other faiths, ever? Prayed for them and taught them so they would be converted, but never took part where other faiths were actively participating in their religions. You may want to brush up on your Bible reading before you condemn a religious leader for his actions. Society should not dictate the actions of people of faith.

the4m... the4mutts

It is against several mainstreal religious doctorines to NOT pray with other faiths, or to partake in, or in any way, condone their practice. Some religions INSIST that you do not even bow your head in respect when another religious leader is leadin a prayrer.

Lord that was full of spelling errors. My bad!

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

Happy Dad,


ARe you aware Jesus was Jewish?

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

Any religious organization which doesn't allow you to pray with other religious groups after a mass tragedy is a pretty crappy organization.

nonmember avatar Shannon

And I thought Baptists were extreme... :) But we do regularly pray with people of other faiths or even non-believers because that's how you show them God's love! BTW, as a Christian I do hate homosexuality, but NOT homosexuals. I as well as God hate the sin, but the not the sinner --- because we are all SINNERS.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ." - Gandi

Autum... Autumnleaves87

"If Jesus came to your church, would they actually let him in?"

..By the sound of these churches, I highly DOUBT it..

Mrs.D... Mrs.Duncan85

Please dont think of these people as Lutheran. They are a sect, like Westboro is baptist or the FLDS is mormon. I am ELCA Lutheran and we have gay pastors who are in relationships and can attend and pray with whomever. We even host inter faith worship services.

handy... handy0318

Sheesh, Mrs. Duncan... the LCMS is not a cult like Westboro or FLDS... it's just a more conservative branch of the Lutheran church with well over 2,000,000 members... not all of whom agree with the church's policy on this issue, like myself.  

I agree with not joining in prayer with members of other religions... I'm not a Muslim or a Buddhist, so I'm not going to join in prayer with members of these religions. However, I don't see any problem with offering up prayers along side members of these religions (they praying to their god and me praying to mine) and also offering prayers along side the thoughts and good will of atheists who don't believe in any god, but nonetheless care deeply about events such as these. While I agree the LCMS has the right to have this policy...and they have their reasons for it... I along with many other members of the LCMS don't agree with it... just like many members of many different churches and organizations don't agree with all the policies of their organizations.

But yes, we are Lutherans and far more closer in thought and beliefs as Martin Luther than many in the ELCA... 

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