Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, August 11, 2017
Trump Doubles Down on Threats Against North Korea as Nuclear Tensions Escalate
President Trump escalated his war of words with North Korea on Thursday by declaring that his provocative threat to rain down “fire and fury” might not have been harsh enough, as nuclear tensions between the two nations continued to crackle.
Rejecting critics at home and abroad who condemned his earlier warning as reckless saber-rattling, Mr. Trump said North Korea and its volatile leader, Kim Jong-un, have pushed the United States and the rest of the world for too long.
“Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” he told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”
Readings from the Sermon on the Mount for Friday, August 11, 2017
Jesus taught us to pray, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6.12). When I pray this I ask that God so pour out his forgiveness on people that they feel compelled to forgive those who have injured them.
This kind of praying can be used in our own personal lives. It can also be used when praying for ethnic conflict within nation or nation-against-nation conflict.
Both Jesus and the teaching of history has taught us that hatred and fear cannot be conquered with greater hatred. This is why forgiveness is so powerful. It is not idealistic to believe that forgiveness can solve deep divisions. Consider what Jesus accomplished when he prayed, while hanging on the cross, “Father, forgive them for the don’t know what they are doing.”
Prayers for Friday, August 11, 2017
Dear God, we pray that you so pour out your forgiveness on people and nations that we will be compelled to forgive others.