Unusual opening prayer for Kansas Senate

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 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 speech and expression.
We have ridiculed the time
Honoured 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.

If that’s too preachy for you, Cream said about the same thing in the 60’s.


  1. It reminds me of the Mennonites, who in each of their church’s position statements, first confess their own shortcomings. Amen! (And how very unAmerican.)

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