God calls us to wish and take care of all individuals, with out exception.

The Rev. Dr. Leanne Simmons, pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck, answered that decision not too long ago when she was invited to provide the opening prayer on the Feb. 8 flooring session of the North Dakota Senate.

“Creator of the universe and all individuals therein,” she started, “You who fashioned humankind in Your picture, inserting them on this world in all their variety — differing colours, genders, races, ethnicities and language. We reward You for the splendor of Your creation and the love that motivated Your hand on this Earth.”

Regrettably, two members of the Senate turned their backs on that prayer. As Simmons was praying, Sen. Janne Myrdal of Edinburg and Sen. Mike Wobbema of Valley Metropolis glanced at each other and concurrently turned their backs to the rostrum from which she was talking.

The legislators stated later that they felt they had been being lectured about their assist for varied payments limiting transgender North Dakotans, and that Simmons was inappropriately lobbying from the pulpit.


In actuality, now we have all prayed that prayer, or one thing similar to it, tons of of occasions. For generations Christians across the globe have supplied prayers for the meek and lowly, the weak and marginalized, the persecuted and imprisoned, the shunned and uncared for, the ruled and the governors, Christian or Muslim, Jew or Gentile.

That is on the core of our Christian perception system, that we must always old flame God after which our neighbors, all of them, as ourselves.

Noticeably absent from Simmons’ prayer was any point out of any invoice, decision or problem now into account by our state’s legislators.

Noticeably current was reward to God for the splendor of his creation and for the love with which he created it.

We’re grateful to Simmons and to all church leaders who volunteer their time and experience to wish every day with and for our legislators, their work and our residents.

Additional, we pray that civic life and discourse in our state, nation and world can be guided by the ideas modeled by Jesus Christ, together with cautious and respectful listening, striving to grasp the insights and experiences of others, being conscious of views not represented, and targeted on comprehending and attaining the frequent good. One can solely hope that the phrases of the prophet Micah ring all through the rest of this legislative meeting: “He (God) has informed you, O mortal, what is sweet; and what does the Lord require of you however to do justice, and to like kindness, and to stroll humbly together with your God?” As individuals of religion throughout the numerous and delightful North Dakota panorama, might or not it’s so.

Rev. Craig A. Schweitzer, Bismarck, is bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Rev. Tessa Moon Leiseth, Fargo, is bishop of the Japanese North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

This letter doesn’t essentially mirror the opinion of The Discussion board’s editorial board nor Discussion board possession.

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