Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions – President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.
The new enforcement policies put into practice language that Mr. Trump used on the campaign trail, vastly expanding the definition of “criminal aliens” and warning that such unauthorized immigrants “routinely victimize Americans,” disregard the “rule of law and pose a threat” to people in communities across the United States.
Despite those assertions in the new documents, research shows lower levels of crime among immigrants than among native-born Americans.
Readings from Isaiah 9.2-7 for Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The key verse in this section is Isaiah 9.6. It reads, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
John Oswalt (Commentary on Isaiah) says, “How will God deliver from arrogance, war, oppression and coercion? By being more arrogant, more warlike, more oppressive and more coercive? God was powerful enough to destroy his enemies in an instant, yet again and again, when the prophet comes to the heart of the means of deliverance, a childlike face peers out at us. God is strong enough to overcome his enemies by becoming vulnerable, transparent, and humble – the only hope, in fact, for turning enmity into friendship.”
God challenges us through Isaiah to trust his authority, his wisdom, and his might that appears in the form of a humble child (Jesus). He exhorts us to trust the Prince of Peace to bring about peace in his way, not the way that is usually pursued in our world.
Prayers for February 22, 2017
Dear God, please help us to fully turn to you for guidance. Grant us to believe that the true life is one where we are taught by your good Spirit. May we live true lives of love and sincerity that are modeled after the life and teachings of your Son.