This event actually happened in the Opening Session of the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka on January 23, 1996. Joe Wright is the pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita and was guest chaplain that day. He prayed a prayer of repentance.
“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 neighbor’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.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas and who have been ordained by You 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 Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen!”
The prayer did stir controversy and one member of the house walked out. Others criticized the prayer. The controversy didn’t end there. Later that year in the Colorado House, Republican representative Mark Paschall angered lawmakers by using Joe Wright’s prayer as the invocation.
This is an utmost revelation of how the ‘modern society’ is becoming self-centered and relinquishing their moral senses. The all new and evolving so called professional society is proclaiming their morally deprived acts as professional. They are least concerned about the social atmosphere enveloping them. The most drastic face of this whole story is that these ‘crimes’ can not even be booked under law!! WHO will save this earth?