The House (and Senate) of God
The Georgia State Capitol has become my church.
I don't mean to say that I'm a devotee of the political process (though I am) or that I find the procedure and oratory to be particularly moving (it rarely is). I mean it quite literally. The Georgia State Capitol is where I find myself learning about the life, deeds, and words of Jesus and the Christian idea of God — and being preached to. Not willingly, of course. I'm Jewish and not so much into the whole Jesus-as-Lord thing, but it happens nonetheless.
Before nearly every committee meeting there's a devotional. In every meeting I've participated in or watched, which is a decent number, the devotional ends with a prayer in Jesus' name.
Every morning during the legislative session, the House and the Senate chambers have a Chaplain of the Day. Legislators can sign up to bring their pastor or clergy member of choice to preach from the well. While they preach, the doors to the chamber are locked and everyone is prohibited from leaving. People are literally forced to sit through the morning's preaching and prayers. These aren't all generic, multi-denominational prayers. Sometimes they're fire-and-brimstone, fundamentalist tent-revival speeches intended to scare legislators and onlookers into turning (back) to Jesus.
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