Prayer For Brotherhood
By Chauncey E. Spencer
Presented by Chauncey E. Spencer at the United States Air Force
Conference of Chaplains held in 1953 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Some of us are confused....You have said, "Come unto me all ye
that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest"....Lord....I
come. It's been nearly two hundred years since men who wanted to
be free fought for and died for American Democracy?.nearly one
hundred years ago our fathers were freed....a freedom that wasn't free.
Lord....You saw the horrors of the Chicago, Washington, and St.
Louis riots....you've heard all of the abuse and have seen all of the
intimidation directed against some of your people throughout the
world. Lord we know that the hate technique is used to confuse the real
issue....used to blame national or international ills on innocent
scapegoats, and to gain followers through a common hate....hate them
for their color....their nationality....their religion....their politics....for
any reason or not....just hate them.
Hate means power to those that are ruthless for selfish motives.
Lord, we are so ashamed....some of our people are guilty of joining these
techniques against Democracy....smite them not, dear God....they are our
brothers and we are our brothers Keepers.
Help us to nurture them into a great realm of truth, understanding
and brotherly love.
Lord, I come now because they came to me?.freedom is
shadowed....the democracies of the world are threatened....trouble
lurks....equality, unity, and freedom are foremost in great minds....yet
there are those who maintain concerted efforts to keep some brothers
bowed down unto fear as in the "assault law" decision of the Yanceville,
North Carolina Court....the bombing of the home of the late Harry T.
Moore family, Mims, Florida....the current attempt to keep some
children conditioned as inferior Americans by maintaining segregated
Lord, what shall we do?....Yes, Lord, I know there were no
lynchings in the United States during 1952....there is integration within
our armed forces....Americans in increasing numbers are being
employed on the basis of merit and qualifications within industrial and
defense programs....and too, Lord....Jesus knew their thoughts and said
unto them, "Every Kingdom divided against itself is brought to
desolation and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."
We'll stand and we'll support democracy, throughout the world;
we always have. We only beg of thee, dear God, that you stand with us
and lead all of us as American Citizens of equal rights, with no
Strengthen us as stalwart Americans in unity through our
Churches, whatever our choice may be and to support the United Nations
in establishing there are no "superior or inferior" peoples anywhere in the
world and there can be and will be equality, peace, happiness, unity, and
security among all mankind on this earth in the preservation of human
rights, regardless of race, creed, color, or nationality....