As the members of the Kansas House of Representative’s stood and bowed in prayer at the opening of a recent session, many were shocked and offended by what they heard, a heartfelt prayer of corporate confession, forgiveness and guidance.
One representative walked out in a huff, another sat down in protest. The Wichita Eagle reported: “And the House came alive with the flutter of agitation that comes from offense and its often loud response.”
One representative sniveled: “I have never heard in ten years, as divisive, sanctimonious, self serving, overbearing prayer as I have heard this morning!”
Rev. Joe Wright who offered the prayer said, “Prayer is prayer. I’m praying to God when I’m praying. I’m not up to put on a show. I’m there to pray. I don’t do it any differently in public than in private…”
Now the full text of Rev. Wrights prayer:
We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know your Word says, “Woe to those who call good evil,” but that’s exactly what we’ve done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of your Word and called it moral pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternate lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have murdered 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 esteem.
We have abused political power and called it political savvy. (loud gasp from audience)
We have coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the airwaves 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, O God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the People of Kansas, and who have been ordained by you to govern this great state. Grant them your wisdom to rule, and may decisions direct us to the center of your will.
I ask it in the name of your living son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
NOTE: There must have been an overflow of guilty consciousness’ in the assembly that day for such a negative display by people who have obviously taken ‘self serving’ to extremes. But in all honesty I suppose that any legislature in any state and in Washington DC especially would have reacted in exactly the same way in this time of greed and ‘revisionist’ history writers……
Submitted by Mark Shean