I received a nice letter from Col. Daniel B. McElwain of Culpepper, Va. A few years ago, he wrote a book proposing 13 new amendments to the United States Constitution. Now he’s come up with a 14th amendment — but this one would need to be ratified by a higher power than Congress.
It’s titled: “A Proposed Amendment to the Lord’s Prayer.”
McElwain suggests adding four words to the famous New Testament passage: Immediately after Lead us not into temptation, McElwain proposes adding: “nor in harm’s way,” but deliver us from evil.
The current version, McElwain says, is flawed because it doesn’t address harms “that are neither ‘temptation’ or ‘evil’”, such as natural disasters, accidents, equipment failure and “children’s unpredictable conduct.”
Thus far, the world’s religious leaders have been slow to embrace the proposal. “I sent this to the Pope on 1 Aug., ’09,” McElwain writes. “No reply as of 17 Sept.”
If you were able to amend the Bible, is there any statement you’d want to add? Or remove?