Courtesy Cathy Craddock
‘This has been confirmed and was aired on Paul Harvey. One wonders if Chrysler knows.
The invocation by Pastor Joe Wright before the Kansas House of Representatives on Jan. 23, 1996.
It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the Session of the Kansas House, 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. At least one legislator 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 equests 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.
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