Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, November 2, 2017
Robert Mueller in the Cross Hairs
We may shortly be facing a national crisis. President Trump’s base is egging him on to undertake his own “Saturday Night Massacre” and fire Robert Mueller for committing … for committing … uh, well, for working too hard as a prosecutor.
On Fox News, the host Jeanine Pirro proposed firing Mueller, blaming the Democrats, and imprisoning Hillary Clinton. Speaking of the Mueller investigation, Pirro said, “It’s time to shut it down, turn the tables, and lock her up.”
Wow. I’ve reported from tin-pot countries where public figures talk blithely of shutting down prosecutors and imprisoning rivals. I never thought I’d live in one.
Lou Dobbs of Fox Business Network denounced Mueller’s “gross overreach,” and the pro-Trump site Gateway Pundit excoriated “deep state crooked cop Robert Mueller.” Across the right wing, ideological snipers are taking potshots at Mueller, and even The Wall Street Journal has suggested in an editorial that Mueller resign.
All this amounts to a perilous pirouette. After all, Mueller was last known to be a registered Republican and was appointed F.B.I. director by a Republican president, George W. Bush. Newt Gingrich reflected the G.O.P. consensus when he wrote in a May tweet: “Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity.”
Readings from the Prophet Amos for Thursday, November 2, 2017
The prophets of God stand outside of the realm of government and politics. They speak God’s word to people, who often don’t want to bothered with learning what are God’s standards. Amos spoke so strongly against the government of his day, that he was told to speak no more. Amaziah was a priest who was more connected with the king than he was connected with God. He commanded God’s messenger to speak no more.
Amos 7.12-13 – And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
I am concerned about ministers who today seem more loyal to government than they are to God’s principles. I am certain that our current issues are quite complicated. However, Jesus’ call for us to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as ourselves is not complicated. Should not God’s spokespersons speak God’s will into the situation in which we live?
Prayers for Thursday, November 2, 2017
Dear God, please restore in our national leaders a heart of love for you and for people.