My friend Gordon emailed this to me this morning…

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 confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism.

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 neighbour’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.

Many of my readers won’t have made it this far – they’ll have responded in the same way that those legislators did, and walked out partway through. But whether or not you agree with the points he made, the Christian church needs – now more than ever before – leaders with the courage to stand up and stand firm for what they believe to be right. There’s an expression commonly used in the churches – “To be a fool for Christ”. That doesn’t mean to not mind looking stupid. It means not being afraid to be unpopular, reviled and persecuted, for standing up for the truth of Christ’s teachings.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything the Rev. Wright says – for a start I don’t think the abortion issue is as clear-cut as he seems to. But I wish I were as certain of my beliefs, and I wish I had the courage to do what he did in the promotion of them.

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