Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, September 25, 2017
A Divider, Not a Uniter, Trump Widens the Breach
Over the course of just 17 hours this weekend, President Trump assailed John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Stephen Curry, the National Football League, Roger Goodell, Iran and Kim Jong-un — the “Little Rocket Man.” And that was on his day off.
While football players knelt, locked arms or stayed in their locker rooms during the national anthem in protest on Sunday, any notion that Mr. Trump may soften his edge, even under the discipline of a new chief of staff, seemed fanciful. While he has restrained himself for brief stretches, his penchant for punching eventually reasserts itself.
Never in modern times has an occupant of the Oval Office seemed to reject so thoroughly the nostrum that a president’s duty is to bring the country together. Relentlessly pugnacious, energized by a fight, unwilling to let any slight go unanswered, Mr. Trump has made himself America’s apostle of anger, its deacon of divisiveness.
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Monday, September 25, 2017
The first time I was directed to Hosea 10 was when I read a sermon by the famous evangelist, Charles Finney. He called on his readers to examine their lives, much like people in AA do with a Fourth Step. That was his method for breaking up the “fallow ground” of our lives.
Fallow ground is unplowed ground that has been overcome with weeds. No doubt it is time for people everywhere to dig in deep with God and to seek a life-giving relationship with him.
Hosea 10.12 – Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Prayers for Monday, September 25, 2017
Dear God, may we seek you in righteousness and steadfast love.