Leaders celebrate holy book with Bible reading
A group of Oklahomans recently found a different place to read some of their favorite passages of Scripture — the state Capitol.
Musician Kyle Dillingham read Isaiah 65, while Patrick Raglow, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, read Galatians 6:9 and Isaiah 11:1-12.
Renee Porter, president and chief executive officer of Cristo Rey High School, a private Catholic School, read Matthew 5: 1-16, and Lisa Billy, Oklahoma's secretary of Native American Affairs, read Luke 11.
The biblical verses were read aloud amid the hustle and bustle of the Capitol on Tuesday during the 2019 Celebration of the Bible Public Reading.
The event was hosted by the Rev. Joel Harder, with the Oklahoma Capitol Commission, and the Salt And Light Leadership Training organization, known as SALLT, in conjunction with the International Day of the Bible.
"The enduring impact of the Bible on history is unparalleled across generation and culture. The state Capitol represents the public square, and we are grateful to continue this tradition in 2019 and years to come," Harder said to kick off the event.
"I'm going to invite our readers to let the Word ring out and let the Lord build this house."
Other leaders who participated included Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell; Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City; Mike Schulte, with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission; Oklahoma County District Judge Trevor Pemberton; Heath Thomas, with Oklahoma Baptist University; Bruce Bockus, with Bockus Payne architecture; and Marla and Brian Hill, founders of the performance and event venue The Cedar Gate in Kingfisher.Harder said each person was given an opportunity to choose the passage they wanted to read, in the translation of their choice.
Brian Hill said he chose to read 2 Chronicles 7:14 because he thinks it contains an important message to all Christians.
"We're not going to agree on everything. We're not going to believe everything the same, but what can we servants of Christ be able to agree upon? We should be able to unite and put our differences aside, humble ourselves to pray, seek His wisdom and turn from our wicked ways" Hill said.
"That is something that everyone should be able to get behind and unite and say, 'I can get around that.' That verse is the Gospel in itself."