Newspaper Prayers: Friday, December 15th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, December 15, 2017

Has Support for Moore Stained Evangelicals? Some Are Worried

(Below are excerpts from a long article. If you have access to the New York Times website, please take time to read the entire article.)

The editor in chief of Christianity Today did not have to wait for the votes to be counted to publish his essay on Tuesday bemoaning what the Alabama Senate race had wrought.

Whoever wins, “there is already one loser: Christian faith,” wrote Mark Galli, whose publication, the flagship of American evangelicalism, was founded 61 years ago by the Rev. Billy Graham. “No one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation. Christianity’s integrity is severely tarnished.”

“It grieves me,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, a prominent evangelical school in Illinois. “I don’t want ‘evangelical’ to mean people who supported candidates with significant and credible accusations against them. If evangelical means that, it has serious ramifications for the work of Christians and churches.”

“We’ve let evil overtake the entire reputation of Evangelicalism,” one prominent evangelical author, Beth Moore, wrote on Twitter the day before the election. “The lust for power is nauseating. Racism, appalling. The arrogance, terrifying. The misogyny so far from Christlikeness, it can’t be Christianity.”

Readings from Proverbs for Friday, December 15, 2017

What fills your mind today? God’s promise to people is that if we fill our minds with his direction, that we will experience life.

Notice the number of ways that God encourages us to embrace his wisdom in four verses. I counted at least eight admonitions to learn and live by God’s wisdom. How many can you find?

Proverbs 7.1-4 – My child, keep my words and store up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend.

Prayers for Friday, December 15, 2017

Dear God, you have made your wisdom clear. Help us live by it.

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