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Sunday, April 19, 2009
A Pastor with GUTS!
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
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.
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 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. This Article was contributed by Debbie Shelton