You know the name of Jesus is powerful when by simply using it in prayer, a lawmaker is accused of "weaponizing her religion." Pennsylvania State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz opened up a swearing in of the state's first Muslim representative with a powerful and bold prayer to God, asking for His forgiveness and praying in Jesus' name.
She was lambasted in both the media and by fellow legislators, including a professing Christian democrat. “I’m a Christian, and I believe in Christ,” Representative Jordan Harris said in a statement. “What I believe is Christ’s teaching more than anything, and his teaching would not be about, and was not about, dividing us as a people, but uniting us as a people.”
In fact, the Washington Post counted how many times Borowicz used Jesus' name in prayer (13) in critique of her invocation.
What, you may ask, did Borowicz pray that was so divisive and attacking? Just what she prays in her own private life, she shared later in her defense.
“God forgive us — Jesus — we’ve lost sight of you, we’ve forgotten you, God, in our country, and we’re asking you to forgive us,” Borowicz said, succeeded by a reference to 2 Chronicles' encouragement to “turn from their wicked ways.”
“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,” Borowicz said.
The Muslim leader being sworn in took the prayer as a personal attack: “It blatantly represented the Islamophobia that exists among some leaders — leaders that are supposed to represent the people,” Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell said. “I came to the Capitol to help build bipartisanship and collaborations regardless of race or religion to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Commonwealth.”
But Franklin Graham has come to Borowicz's defense, applauding her powerful prayer and saying that she does not need to apologize. Graham wrote on Facebook, "Rep. Stephanie Borowicz of Pennsylvania is accused of being insensitive, Islamophobiac, and 'weaponizing her religion' after she opened a legislative session this week with prayer that invoked the name of Jesus Christ. Rep. Borowicz prayed, God forgive us—Jesus, we’ve lost sight of you, we’ve forgotten you … and we’re asking you to forgive us.' The legislator went on and referenced God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14. God bless her for her boldness and standing by her convictions."
Graham continued, "Pennsylvania’s first Muslim lawmaker in the General Assembly was being sworn in that day. Responding to a reporter’s question Rep. Borowicz said, 'That’s how I pray every day … I don’t apologize ever for praying.' She doesn’t need to apologize. We don’t change who we are or what we believe because someone who is present may believe differently than we believe. I know Stephanie Borowicz would appreciate your prayers and encouragement. I always appreciate anyone who has the guts to stand up for Jesus."
Do you agree with Graham? Does Borowicz have anything to apologize for? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you so much!