Thursday, May 30, 2013

Prayer - Rev. Joe Wright

While not word-for-word accurate, the text below is a fair transcription of an actual prayer delivered before the Kansas House of Representatives by Central Christian Church Pastor Joe Wright on January 23, 1996. It has circulated continuously on the Internet ever since. At least one legislator walked out during the prayer, according to the Kansas City Star. Others made speeches criticizing what the House Minority Leader, a Democrat, called "the extreme, radical views" reflected in the prayer. It was aired nationally on the radio in February 1996 by Paul Harvey.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good,," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess:

 We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
 We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
 We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
 We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
 We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
 We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
 We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
 We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
 We have abused power and called it politics.
 We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
 We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
 We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.

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