Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Trump Tweets ‘That’s Politics!’ About Son’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer
He ran on a promise to end politics as usual.
But on Monday morning, President Trump posted a defense on Twitter of his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer promising sensitive government information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton by saying that it was simply politics as usual.
In Mr. Trump’s newest tweet about his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a meeting on June 9, 2016, at Trump Tower, he described the gathering as routine and something almost anyone in politics would have wanted to attend.
“Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don Jr attended in order to get info on an opponent,” Mr. Trump wrote just after 10 a.m. “That’s politics!”
Readings from Jeremiah 2.17 and 19 for Tuesday, July 18, 2017
If a person decides to disregard the law of gravity, jumps and breaks his leg, we may be inclined to use Jeremiah’s words in verse 17. Haven’t you brought your broken leg upon yourself? When we choose to not follow God’s clear directions for life, we can expect the same results just the same as if we decide to challenge the law of gravity.
Jeremiah 2.17 – Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the Lord your God, while he led you in the way?
The word, “apostasy,” in verse 19 is not commonly used today. It refers to a person being confronted with the truth, recognizing it, and deliberately turning away from it.
The phrase “fear of the Lord,” does not refer to cringing in fear before God. Rather, it gathers up the thoughts of our proper relationship of love and reverence to the One who created us and loves us enough to send his Son to save us.
Just as the law of gravity punishes people who turn away from its reality, to turn away from God is disastrous to individuals and to nations.
Jeremiah 2.19 – Your wickedness will punish you, and your apostasies will convict you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God; the fear of me is not in you, says the Lord God of hosts.
Prayers for Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Dear God, please grant us the faith to respond to your love with joyful obedience.