Pastor Joe Wright's Prayer

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Pastor Joe Wright's Prayer

By Gazette Staff Writer - Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

[The Fillmore Gazette, Kansas]

Joe Wright is Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas.                                   Rev. Joe Wright gave this prayer at the Kansas House of Representatives.

Pastor Wright had been invited to serve as the House's guest chaplain by                                           Rep. Anthony Powell, a Wichita Republican who was also a member of                                                 Wright's church. Accordingly, Pastor Wright composed a prayer, read it at the                                     opening of the legislature on January 23, and departed, unaware of the                                               ruckus he had created until his church secretary called him on his car phone to                               ask him what he had done.

Reportedly, one Democrat walked out in protest, three others gave speeches                             critical of Wright's prayer, and another blasted Wright's  "message of intolerance."                    House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer (also a Democrat) asserted that the prayer                                   "reflects the extreme, radical views that continue to dominate the House                                       Republican agenda since right-wing extremists seized control of the House                                 Republican caucus last year."

Rep. Jim Long, a Democrat from Kansas City, said that Wright                                                           "made everyone mad." But Rep. Powell, who had invited Wright in the first place,                   claimed that House Democrats were only trying to make political points with their                   criticism and affirmed that he supported the theme of the prayer.

Pastor Wright said afterwards: "I certainly did not mean to be offensive,                                                    but I don't apologize for the truth." His staff stopped counting the                                              telephone calls that came from every state and many foreign countries after                                      the first 6,500. Wright appeared on dozens of radio shows and was the subject                                  of numerous TV and print news reports, and his prayer stirred up controversy                                    all over again when it was read by the chaplain coordinator in the Nebraska                               legislature the following month.

Wright later explained, "I thought I might get a call from angry congressmen,                                           but I was talking to God, not them. The whole point was to say that we                                                   all have sins that we need to repent - all of us . . .         

The problem, I guess, is that you're not supposed to get too specific when you're                          talking about sin."

The prayer as delivered on January 23, 1996 by Pastor Joe Wright to the                                               Kansas House of Representatives:

Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness,                                               seeking Your direction and guidance.

Lord, we know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good,"                                                       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 multi-culturalism.

We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative 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 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 esteem.

We have abused power and called it political savvy.

We have coveted our neighbors' 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 fore-fathers                                                                    and called it enlightenment.

Search us, oh 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.                                                                   

Help them to govern this great state. Grant them Your wisdom to rule                                                                   and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. 

I ask it in the name of Your Son, 

the Living Savior, Jesus Christ.


In the Providence of God, the editing of this article                                                                                  (aimed right at the heart of darkness), was done on April 22, 2011 -                                                              as we remember the Passover and the sacrifice of                                                                                         God's Lamb, Yeshua, in Jerusalem.                                                                                                            Thank you, Our God, for the Cross!

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