Pastor With Guts???
Heavenly Father, we come before you to ask your forgiveness. We seek your direction and your guidance. We know your word says, “Woe to those who call evil good.” But that’s what we’ve done.
We’ve lost our spiritual equilibrium. We have inverted our values. We have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word in the name of moral pluralism. We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We’ve exploited the poor and called it a lottery. We’ve neglected the needy and called it self-preservation. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. In the name of choice, we have killed our unborn. In the name of right to life, we have killed abortionists.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it political savvy. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it taxes. 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. Try us. Show us any wickedness within 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 the State of Kansas, and that they have been ordained by you to govern this great state.
Grant them your wisdom to rule. May their decisions direct us to the center of your will. And, as we continue our prayer and as we come in out of the fog, give us clear minds to accomplish our goals as we begin this Legislature. For we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ok, I just had this once again forwarded to me. It’s time for a response:
You could put it this way:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says that if we, in your name, rebuild what Christ destroyed, then we make Christ into, “A minister of sin,” but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values such that the things that matter the least now seem to matter the most.
We have stood in our systems of ethics and called it holiness.
We have stood in our systems of judgment and called it wisdom.
We have stood in our systems of control, and called them propriety.
We have ignored our call to teach others to hear Your voice so we could instead exploit them, and then called it respect for Divinely appointed authority.
We have created a Body of Christ that lives in dread of You, and called it the fear of the Lord.
We have created a system of public humiliation and rejection unto conformity instead of the love based transformation God really intended, and called it purity in the Church.
Then we have taken the illusion of real results from that broken system and used it to moralize against and sideline the leaders You put in power for not being like us, rather then loving them as You command.
Forget searching our hearts God — we already know we are Pharisaical and WE LIKE IT THAT WAY!
Yep, let’s hail this guy and send his prayer all over the internet. All he did is spew out the same little talking points the Evangelical right has been pounding for the last 50yrs — and forever alienate him from those who he should have been befriending and loving in such deep ways that their hearts changed. All this when he CLEARLY already had an open door there. Bravo!!!
Note: The effectiveness his, “Prayer,” was immediately apparent — a significant number of Legislators walked out in protest during it.