Prayer for New Year - 2003
By The Rev. Kenneth W. Chalker,
Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Cleveland, Ohio
It is my prayer that God will destroy religion. Indeed, it is my prayer that God
will deliver from arrogant religious orthodoxy and sick religious extremism. Such tragic nonsense does nothing more than take lives, destroy hopes as well as produce human tears. It is my prayer that God will replace religion with faith. Indeed, the faith-filled sons and daughters who know God through Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity must come together in joy and mutual respect or we will crucify each other and destroy the world God made for us all.