“living on a prayer…” -bon jovi

August 29, 2008

3 posts in one day. i know. weird. but turns out i have one more thing to say before the day is called a day. 

so donald miller prayed at the dnc recently. he was asked to give the benediction for the convention. apparently, it’s caused a little stir. i’ve heard too much about it lately. was it a good thing? was it a bad thing? does it show favoritism? can donald miller truly be a Christian? 

won’t say a whole lot about it but this: if donald miller was saying the benediction prayer at the rnc, would anyone say anything whatsoever about it? when asked why he accepted the invitation, miller said “somebody calls you and asks you to pray, you do.” i like it. but i don’t have to like it. none of us do. we may put the weight of an entire religion on donald miller’s shoulders and ask him to represent us. we can even be angry in the way that this one man chooses to do so. 

but honestly. with all the energy we spend judging how other people represent us, were we to spend half that amount of energy representing Christ for ourselves… the results would revolutionary. 

so let’s give ole don a break folks. let’s start praying wherever people ask us. let us not be so picky with our prayers or where we spend our time.

i believe with all that is in me that were Christ to be asked to offer the benediction at the dnc OR the rnc… He would do it. in fact, i’ll go on record in saying that i bet He was at the dnc representing Himself. and i bet He’ll drop in on the rnc too. 

is you want to read miller’s entire interview, you can read it here: http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2008/08/donald_miller_t.html

this issue isn’t about being democrat or republican. it’s about using our brains folks.



  1. nice…i like it.

    also, how could anyone whose ever read one of his books be confused by this?

  2. Bon Jovi is a hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 1980s. Over the past 25 years, Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, [1] including 34 million in the United States alone. [2]

    Bon Jovi formed in 1983 with lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. Other than the departure of Alec John Such in 1994 (which pared the lineup down to a quartet), the lineup has remained the same for the past 25 years. After two moderately successful albums in 1984 and 1985, the band scored big with Slippery When Wet (1986) and New Jersey (1988), which sold a combined 19 million copies in the U.S. alone, charted eight Top Ten hits (including four number one hits), and launched the band into global super stardom. After non-stop touring, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the double platinum Keep the Faith and has since created a string of platinum albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

    In 2006, the band won a Grammy for best Country Collaboration for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland and also became the first rock band to reach #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart with the same song. The band has also received multiple Grammy nominations for music from the albums Crush, Bounce, and Lost Highway.

    Throughout their career, the band has released ten studio albums, of which nine have gone platinum. In addition, the band has charted 19 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, four of which reached #1 (“You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Bad Medicine”, and “I’ll Be There for You”). The band also holds the record for the most weeks for a hard rock album at #1 on the Billboard 200 with Slippery When Wet, as well as the most Top 10 singles from a hard rock album, with New Jersey, which charted five such singles.

  3. I think it’s fantastic. I played at the RNC, but that doesn’t mean i’m voting for McCain. Those hardcore conservatives are crazy!!!

    BUT then again, so are the hardcore liberals.

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