Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams
President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations.
But the effort — a signature theme in Mr. Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.
Most government agencies have declined to disclose information about their deregulation teams. But The New York Times and ProPublica identified 71 appointees, including 28 with potential conflicts, through interviews, public records and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Readings from Jeremiah 2.5 for Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Jeremiah 2.5 – Thus says the Lord: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?
In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome he said, “Though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1.21-22).
Both Paul and Jeremiah make it clear that humankind does not fare well when we turn away from God. We don’t turn from God to nothing at all. Rather, we turn to empty, worthless thinking and actions.
The solution to this desperate problem is for God’s people to return to a relationship of obedience and trust with him. The result will be that our inside condition will radically improve. We will no longer be worthless fools, but worthwhile and genuinely wise individuals.
Prayers for Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Dear God, please help us to return to a relationship of trust, love and obedience with you.