Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, February 24, 2017
Stephen Bannon Reassures Conservatives Uneasy About Trump – When Mr. Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, appeared in public on Thursday for the first time since the president was sworn in, it was to deliver, in his own combative way, a message of soothing reassurance to the conservative activists gathered here for their annual assessment known as the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Do not believe the “corporatist globalist media” that was “crying and weeping” on election night and is still “dead wrong” about what the Trump administration is doing. Inside the White House, Mr. Bannon said, everything is going according to plan. The “deconstruction of the administrative state” has just begun.
Readings from Isaiah 10.1-4 for Friday, February 24, 2017
Isaiah consistently presents the contrast between pride, arrogance and reliance on human ability versus humble reliance on God and his wisdom. Isaiah demonstrates what happens when pride and arrogance reach their full manifestation. The result is the oppression of the helpless by those who should care for them.
Isaiah 10.1-2 highlights this problem. God speaks through his prophet, “Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the orphans your prey.”
Throughout history there have been those in power, who are responsible for maintaining the laws of the country, who do so in such a way as to enrich themselves at the expense of the helpless. When persons begin to consciously deprive the helpless of their rights in order to oppress them, the lowest limits of cynicism and self-serving have been reached.
Prayers for February 24, 2017
Dear God, you have given us direction in Malachi 6.8. You tell us what is good and what you require of us. It is to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you. Please allow people, from those who pray to those in positions of power, to live according to your revealed will.