Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Calling On a Few Good Men – Editorial by Thomas Friedman
Memo To: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Dear Sirs, I am writing you today as the five adults with the most integrity in the Trump administration. Mattis, McMaster and Kelly, you all served our nation as generals in battle. Pompeo, you graduated first in your class at West Point and served as a cavalry officer. Tillerson, you ran one of America’s largest companies.
I am writing you directly because I believe you are the last “few good men” who can stand up and reverse the moral rot that has infected the Trump administration from the top.
To begin, I ask those of you who honored our country as military officers how you would have reacted if your commanding officer had charged his predecessor with a high crime that violated his constitutional oath — and then a few weeks later this charge was exposed as false by the top military judge advocate?
And Secretary Tillerson, how would your former corporate board have reacted if a top executive at Exxon Mobil had accused a predecessor of a major act of malfeasance and the F.B.I. then told the board the claims were false?
Would you military men have simply said, “Sorry, I just do artillery” or “I’m just staying in my lane”? And Secretary Tillerson, would you only have said, “I just do diplomacy”?
(Space does not permit the printing of the entire article. Friedman is a highly respected journalist. If you get the chance, please read his article in its entirety in the New York Times.)
Reading from Isaiah 30.9-17 for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
All of Isaiah 30 is a picture of the unwillingness of people to trust God. Instead, they trust their own resources. In the passage below they refuse to trust God, but are willing to place their future security in horses. If you substitute “the latest military capabilities” for “horses” you will come to a more accurate picture of what was happening. This pictures how our own best thinking prevents us from responding as true children of God. The choice is ours to make on a daily basis. To rest in God or to choose our modern equivalent of “horses.”
Isaiah 30.15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. But you refused and said, “No! We will flee upon horses”— therefore you shall flee! and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”— therefore your pursuers shall be swift!
Prayers for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Dear God, please help us return to you in faith and quiet trust. Please reveal to us the foolishness of relying on our own best thinking. May we respond to your directions today.