December 17, 2003 | David F. Coppedge

Creator Lord Jesus Praised at 100th Anniversary of Flight

When the NASA master of ceremonies told the crowd he was very honored to introduce Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, to give the invocation at today’s 100th Anniversary of Flight celebration at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, he apparently did not know what he was in for.  Mrs. Lotz gave a forceful, impassioned, politically-incorrect prayer praising the God of all creation, the Lord of the land and the sea, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.  She thanked God not only for the 100th anniversary of flight, but for the upcoming 2003th anniversary of the baby in the manger, Jesus Christ, who went to the cross to die for our sins, that we might have eternal life.

North Carolinians are justly proud of their famous sons, including Billy Graham, but this prayer must have stunned the crowd at this ostensibly secular celebration.  Mrs. Lotz pulled no punches.  There was no mealy-mouthed reference to some nonsectarian Force, but a distinct, unambiguous statement that Jesus Christ is Lord of creation and our only Savior.  The gospel message was clear and forceful.  No loud ovations were heard from the crowd at the Amen, and the next speaker was introduced without comment.  Such boldness is rare on the American scene today.  Listen to her prayer, if you can find it on replays, where it most likely will be secretly edited out.
    The Wright brothers, by the way, were sons of a minister in the United Brethren church, and as boys, professed faith in Christ.  They said their Christian upbringing was influential throughout their lives.  For their remarkable story, readers are encouraged to get a copy of the Mott Media Sowers Series biography by George Ludwig, They Gave Us Wings, for the family to read on this momentous centennial of human powered flight.  Here is also a short biography on the Answers in Genesis website.
    Speaking of creation, the Wright brothers got much of their technological insights from watching birds.  Admiring gulls and eagles hovering in the air, Orville and Wilbur carefully studied their perfect balance between the forces of lift, drag and gravity.

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