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*LA ORACIÓN QUE CAUSÓ CONTROVERSIA EN ESTADOS UNIDOS*
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Oración de apertura en el senado de Kansas.
Tal vez quieras leer esta oración que fue hecha en Kansas en la sesión de inauguración de la *’Kansas House of Representatives.’* Parece que esta oración molesto a algunas personas… Cuando se le pidió al pastor *Joe Wright* que hiciera oración de apertura en el senado de Kansas, todo el mundo esperaba una oración ordinaria, pero esto no es lo que ellos escucharon:
_Señor, venimos delante de Ti este día, para pedirte perdón y para pedir tu dirección._
_Sabemos que tu Palabra dice: *’Maldición a aquellos que llaman bien a lo que está mal’* (Isaías 5:20). Y eso es exactamente lo que hemos hecho._
_Hemos perdido el equilibrio espiritual y hemos cambiado nuestros valores._
_Hemos explotado al pobre y hemos llamado a eso: *suerte*._
_Hemos recompensado la pereza y la hemos llamado: *ayuda social.*_
_Hemos asesinado a nuestros hijos que aun no han nacido y lo hemos llamado: *despenalización del aborto.*_
_Hemos sido negligentes al disciplinar a nuestros hijos y lo hemos llamado: *desarrollar su autoestima.*_
_Hemos abusado del poder y hemos llamado a eso: *política.*_
_Hemos codiciado los bienes de nuestro vecino y a eso lo hemos llamado: *tener ambición.*_
_Hemos contaminado las ondas de radio y televisión con mucha grosería y pornografía y lo hemos llamado: *libertad de expresión.*_
_Hemos ridiculizado los valores heredados de nuestros antepasados y los hemos llamado: *obsoletos y pasados.*_
_¡Oh Señor!, mira en lo profundo de nuestros corazones; purifícanos y líbranos de nuestros pecados._
*Amén.*
La reacción fue inmediata. Un parlamentario abandonó la sala durante la oración. Tres más criticaron la oración del pastor calificando la oración como *’un mensaje de intolerancia’*
Durante las seis semanas siguientes, la iglesia *’Central Christian Church’* donde trabaja el pastor Wright recibió más de 5000 llamadas telefónicas de las cuales sólo 47 fueron desfavorables.
Esta iglesia recibe ahora peticiones del mundo entero, la India, África, Asia para que *el pastor Wright* ore por ellos.
EL comentarista Paul Harvey difundió esta oración en su emisión de radio *’The Rest of The Story’* (el resto de la historia) y ha recibido una acogida mucho mas favorable por esta emisión, que por cualquier otra.
Con la ayuda de Dios, quisiéramos que esta oración se derrame sobre nuestra nación, por tanta semejanza con lo que está ocurriendo en nuestro país y que nazca en nuestros corazones el deseo de llegar a ser una *’nación bajo la mirada de Dios’.*
Si puedes, envía esta *oración* no es cadena.  Es participación
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Prayer to the Kansas House of Representatives Sparked Furor

 

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Pastor Joe Wright gave a prayer before the Kansas House of Representatives in January 1996 that sparked a political furor. In the following months, the prayer Wright wrote in 30 minutes, led to “angry walkouts in two state legislatures, an unprecedented two readings on Paul Harvey’s ABC Radio newscast, more than 6,500 phone calls to Wright’s church and so many boxes of mail that the church staff (didn’t’) know where to put them anymore,” Marc Fisher, a senior editor, at the “Washington Post” wrote in May of that year.

Additionally, Wright’s prayer went viral, with hundreds of emails, which republished and critiqued the prayer, circulating on the internet.

 

Transcription of the Prayer

Here’s an example email that appeared the next year, in February 2000:

This was sent to me by a cousin from Wyoming. Maybe it needs to be sent to our government officials. Hmm!
When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new sessions of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

THE PRAYER
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:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
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 to direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.
Amen.
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six 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 show “The Rest of the Story” on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.
With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called one nation under God.

 

Analysis of the Prayer

Wright said back then that in the months after he gave the prayer, it was reprinted in hundreds of church newsletters and other publications, read from pulpits in every state of the nation and broadcast on more radio shows than he could count.

The prayer also had political repercussions in Kansas, itself. At least one legislator walked out during the prayer, according to the “Kansas City Star.” Others made speeches criticizing what the House minority leader, a Democrat, called “the extreme, radical views” reflected in the prayer. To this day — decades later — you can still find online republications and references to the prayer, both defending and criticizing Wright’s words. The parable is an illustration of the religious and political divisions that divide the country to this day.

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