-deur Lourieke Haller

19 Junie

Daar is ʼn e-pos en WhatsApp-boodskappe wat die rondte doen met ʼn Amerikaanse pastoor se kragtige gebed in Kansas se huis van verteenwoordigers. Hy het hierdie gebed in Januarie 1996 gebid toe hy senior pastoor van die Central Christian Church  in Wichita was en genooi is om die openingsgebed tydens ʼn sessie van die Kansas  se huis van verteenwoordigers te lewer.  Hy het die “Gebed van Belydenis” gebid, wat ook nie heeltemal sy eie was nie, maar eerder ‘n weergawe van ‘n gebed wat in 1995 deur Bob Russell geskryf is en wat dit tydens die Kentucky Goewerneur se Gebedsontbyt in Frankfort gebid het:

“ Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance.

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 multiculturalism.

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 forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us O 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, 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.

Amen.”

Eerw. Wright het die gebed by die opening van die wetgewer op 23 Januarie 1996 gelees en toe vertrek, onbewus van die bohaai wat dit veroorsaak het totdat sy kerksekretaris hom geskakel het en gevra het wat hy gedoen het.

Volgens berigte het een Demokraat uit  protes uit die vergadering gestap en drie ander het kritiek uitgespreek op Wright se gebed;  nog een het Wright se “boodskap van onverdraagsaamheid” veroordeel.


Bron: snopes.com

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