Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, November 16, 2017
Roy Moore and the Sorry State of Evangelical Politics
(I have included excerpts from an editorial by William S. Brewbaker III. The article is worth reading in its entirety.)
As an evangelical Christian, an Alabamian and a Republican, I’m ashamed of Roy Moore and upset that so many people are determined to defend him against sexual assault allegations, no matter what. I’m even more bothered, however, by what Mr. Moore’s popularity says about the sorry state of evangelical Christianity.
It is thus wrong to attack one’s critics, as Mr. Moore did recently on Twitter, as “the forces of evil” and attribute their questions about serious allegations to “a spiritual battle.” It is wrong to excuse one’s own moral failings while rushing to judgment over the sins of others, as he also did. We are to love and forgive our enemies, as God has loved and forgiven us.
Evangelical politicians fall prey to the allure of money, sex and power at the same rates as just about everyone else. This shouldn’t surprise someone who believes that sin is a universal and persistent problem. So why would evangelicals believe that all would be well if they could take America back — that is, if “people like us” were in charge?
Evangelicals may love their country, and may even believe that it has been, on balance, a force for good, but they cannot affirm that the United States (much less its military) is the world’s hope. Nor can they affirm that a political party (or an institution like the Supreme Court) is the hope of the United States. Whatever their opinions about the political issues of the day, evangelicals must place their hope in Jesus, period.
Readings from Proverbs for Thursday, November 16, 2017
If the wisest person in the world wrote a book that would guarantee a rich, long life, would you read it? The Bible claims to be just that. It claims to contain teachings that guarantee the richest life possible.
The question for people today is whether we will follow the teachings of the wisest Being in the universe – God – or whether we will live by our own best thinking.
Proverbs 3.1-2 – My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare they will give you.
Prayers for Thursday, November 16, 2017
Dear God, please grant us faith to trust our direction for our lives.