It seems prayer still upsets some people. Please read....
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;
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
Pornography and called it
Freedom of speech and 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.
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."
If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends "If you
don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."
Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone On your
email list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by The world.
How many people in your address book will not receive This
prayer.....do you have the guts to pass it on?
I am now interning in Tennessee General Assembly, and I can assure that every session be it in the Senate or House of Representatives, be it in U.S. Congress or in legislative assemblies of individual states is being opened by the priest leading legislators in prayer. And also pledge of allegiance to the flag and the principles the U.S. founding fathers have put in this country's constitution.
In the spirit of our great Master Dang, I would probably have added also this:
"We cling to our prejudices and call that standing up for the higher moral values".
We know that only the Omniscient can assert something, all others - only assume. If our current hypothesis on what's important in life is reliable, that hypothesis itself does not have to be protected from storms of life. Life is changing, so hypothesis will be changing as well. Do we have the grounds to assert that our current assumptions would hold true at the next stage of life too? Thus we should keep on testing our assumptions again and again.
And the good thing is that we don't have to share same beliefs or follow the same route to gain new experiences and grow our understanding. Reverend Wright said something which is true to each and everyone of us, without exception... In the long run, our prejudices cause more trouble to us than to others...