In 1996 Reverend Joe Wright, the pastor of the Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas was asked to open a legislative session of the Kansas State House in Topeka, Kansas by Rep. Anthony Powell, a Wichita Republican who was also a member of Wright's church. This prayer was written by Pastor Bob Russell of the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the prayer the Rev. Joe Wright recited on January 23, 1996 to the Kansas State House of Representatives.
"Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. Lord, 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.After the Rev. Joe Wright finished, one member of the Kansas State House promptly got up and walked out. Three others gave speeches critical of Wright's prayer, and another blasted Wright's "message of intolerance." House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer (also a Democrat) asserted that the prayer "reflects the extreme, radical views that continue to dominate the House Republican agenda since right-wing extremists seized control of the House Republican caucus last year."
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 multi-culturalism.
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 fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us oh 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.
But the controversy did not end there. Later that year in the Colorado State House, Republican representative Mark Paschall angered lawmakers by using Joe Wright's prayer as the invocation. Some House members there also walked out in protest.
(May I suggest that the legislators that walked out after this prayer was spoken do not deserve to serve in an American legislative body or capacity? May I suggest that they are not "politically correct" according to the American Heritage of the founding fathers and the Christian ideals that this country was formed under? May I suggest that they don't deserve your vote because they are obviously not "politcaly correct" and do not represent you or your interests but only the interest of large corporations funding their campaigns?...ed.) Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul understand the proper "political correctness" sweeping this country today and that is why they are doing so well in the polls at this juncture. The Socialist, Progressive, Democrats better get "on board" soon or they will find themselves on the loosing side of the next election and all of their "top down" forced Socialist, Progressive old "politically correct" thinking (propaganda) will go down the toilet where it belongs.
Paul Harvey aired the text of the prayer several times. The prayer prompted the largest response he’s ever had. He received such a huge response that a special phone number was set up just to handle all of the calls.