A lawmaker in Pennsylvania has introduced a resolution that would collectively chastise a member of the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives for recently declaring Jesus as the nation’s “only hope,” and that at His name “every knee will bow” — among other numerous references — during a prayer that was delivered shortly before a Muslim legislator was sworn into office.
“A prayer that cites a particular religious belief as ‘our only hope,’ that ‘we’ve lost sight of you, we’ve forgotten you, God, in our country, and we’re asking you to forgive us,’ and that ‘every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess’ is unnecessarily divisive and polarizing,” the resolution, presented by Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, reads.
Boyle, a Roman Catholic, says that he walked out of the chambers during the opening prayer delivered by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, on March 25 because he found it to be political and “over-the-top.” A lawmaker or other entity delivers an invocation at start of business in the House each day, and that day happened to be Borowicz’s turn.
“Jesus, I thank you for this privilege, Lord, of letting me pray,” Borowicz began. “That I, Jesus, am your ambassador here today, standing here representing You, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the great I Am, the One who is coming back again, the One who came, died and rose again on the third day.”
She thanked God that the nation’s founders, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, sought after God in their leadership capacities.
“God, forgive us. Jesus, we’ve lost sight of You,” Borowicz then lamented. “We’ve forgotten You, God, in our country, and we’re asking You to forgive us, Jesus. Your promise in Your word says that if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek [My] face, and turn from their wicked ways, that You will heal our land. Jesus, You are our only hope.”
The pastor’s wife also prayed for Pennsylvania’s political leadership, as well as President Trump. Borowicz’s husband, Jason Borowicz, serves as an associate pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Jersey Shore.
“We ask that we not be overcome by evil, but that we overcome evil with good in this land once again,” she continued, referring to Romans 12:21. “I claim all these things in the powerful, mighty name of Jesus—the One who, at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, Jesus, that You are Lord. In Jesus name, amen.”
Borowicz soon drew criticism in light of the fact that her prayer, being so boldly Christian, preceded the swearing in of State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D- Philadelphia, a longtime Muslim. Johnson-Harrell had a number of friends and family members, who are also Muslim, present to observe her taking the oath of office.
“[The prayer] blatantly represented the Islamophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry that exists among some leaders,” she told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It was planned and meant to be insulting to me and my guests, and was done in the name of Jesus, which is blasphemy.”