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Should we open Congress with prayer?

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bleeprayerBrian Lee, former White Horse Inn staff member and current pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Washington D.C., recently penned a provocative piece for The Daily Caller on the topic of whether ministers of the gospel should offer a prayer before congress.  He wrestled with this issue for some time after he was recently invited to serve as a guest chaplain for the US. House of Representatives. The article also includes links to the text and video clip of the prayer he offered earlier this month.
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  • Guest - Chris

    Thank you, Mr. Lee.

    Your prayer was very inspiring to me. It went forth in boldness, clarity, and truth. I think you did the right thing, according to your article, with the manner in which you presented the prayer. I believe it was respectfully accepted, however bold, by those in attendance - a credit to your care and concern for fellowman. For what it's worth, I think your words were a great witness and testimony to the name of Christ.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Jager
    Tillamook, OR

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  • Guest - Alberto

    Prayer is looked upon as an act of worship by Protestants, or at least I think that is the case. This has formed part of our arguments against Romanists and their prayers to saints and Mary. It is in part because prayer is an act of worship that we view Romanists as idolaters. Similarly, it seems appropriate that we should not engage in prayer with unbelievers, since it is an act of worship, except in the kind of cases where Pastor Lee mentions of people asking for prayer. Nevertheless, I don't think this applies to praying in Congress. Going to congress to pray is not like going to a hospital or visiting some unbeliever's home. Going to such a place, the listeners, or at least some, will think they are on a spiritually equal level. Going to congress continues participation in a tradition that doesn't necessarily come from a genuine request for prayer, as might come from a person sick in a hospital.

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