Why I didn’t attend Governor Perry’s prayer rally
Below is an article I helped write for author Carl Medearis.
For the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of helping lead a delegation from the Middle East to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event that gathers politicians and people of influence from around the world over several days. It’s one of the few prayer events where you’re as likely to see Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as you are to see Sam Brownback or Sarah Palin. It’s my favorite week of the year. It’s hard to put into words how inspiring it is to see Democrats and Republicans, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus — and probably a few non-religious types thrown in the mix — gathering together to pray and talk about faith. What’s even more remarkable is the one person that every politician or religious leader agrees on: Jesus. From the opening prayer to the closing ceremony, and every workshop and roundtable discussion in between, the life and teachings of Jesus take center stage. As a follower of Jesus who believes in prayer, this is a prayer event I can sign on to.
Governor Perry’s prayer rally last Saturday….
Not so much.
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