Pastor with Guts
Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: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 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 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. Amen! The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is the Pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea . Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,'and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One Nation under God.
God Bless America, today & forever.
Thanks for sending it Andrea,
I liked this. It’s nice to get something strong and prayerful instead of limp for a change.
I find this to be true so far; (Snopes and http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/a-conservative-view-point/2009/apr/19/a-pastor-with-guts/ )
We know that “religious” emails & things make many people uncomfortable, and I believe that “we *Christian’s” should bear some of the responsibility for this, only because of the tactics some well meaning people use to “share” the ‘word’ of GOD. *I use the term for myself loosely, since my belief’s are strong yet many Christians cringe at my version of ‘exemplification’ sometimes and that is the point: This practice of “judging others” has once again spread to the non-secular as well. So, Some Christians should be telling ourselves; “now I know how it feels”. Well, Lets try continue to leave the judging of our to ourselves to ourselves, and the judging of mankind on the whole to the LORD.
Thanks for sending it. I respect anyone who does not believe in GOD and yet who lives a good, kind and honest life out of a sense of responsibility. Others, (even some self described Christians sometimes) we know don’t have these impediments. I also respect politicians who can exemplify the values this country was built on and yet who know how to keep their extolment of these values within a healthy respect of others that may not share them (also exploited by some). We live in a time of hypocrites’ & hypocrite-(icizm).
The truth hurts those who don’t know how to deal with guilt, whether it’s first hand or the guilt of silence, while we watch sh_t-bags exploit the kindness and vulnerability of others for greed and personal gain.
They count on us remaining passive and docile while counting on the possibility that there will be no atonement or “accounting” at the end of this life. I know that GOD favors the meek however, I have to work very hard to remember this, as I am of the predisposition to deal with the world the in the very same way it deals with me (only with a certain amount of sincerity, integrity and circumscription of “passion”. Also, I mean try to deal fairly). This is viewed as a weakness to some ‘godless’ people.