Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, May 10, 2017
An Agenda for South Korea’s New Leader – South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in as their new president on Tuesday against a backdrop of heightened United States-North Korean tensions. Yet North Korea did not dominate the campaign. South Korean voters were focused on the economy, corruption and other domestic issues like air quality. Before the voting, only 23 percent of voters said that international security was the most important issue to them.
Mr. Moon, a center-left human rights lawyer who will take office as soon as this week following the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye in a corruption scandal, is a dove inclined to start negotiations with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. His candidacy was most likely bolstered by President Trump’s tough talk against the North Korean regime, which is widely seen here as dangerous bluster.
South Korean equanimity toward the North’s threats surprises Westerners, but the South Koreans have lived for decades with Pyongyang’s provocations and, more recently, the nuclear program. Young South Koreans increasingly consider the North Korean menace a fact of life. South Korea’s vulnerability to a devastating attack from the North — Seoul’s northernmost suburbs begin just 20 miles from the demilitarized zone — adds to the sense here that the South should do everything it can to avoid war.
Readings from Isaiah 53.11-12 for Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Someone has aptly said, “If the cross of Jesus Christ is a solution, then we have a very serious problem.” Centuries before Jesus walked on our earth, Isaiah prophesied that God’s servant would intercede for transgressors. A transgression is a willful stepping over a “no trespassing” line. Jesus died on the cross to intercede for transgressors. He didn’t just clear them of guilt, he also makes them righteous.
Isaiah 53.11-12 – Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Prayers for Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Dear God, throughout eternity we will thank you for the intercession of your Son. Thank you for your love that forgives us and makes us righteous.