Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, January 15, 2018
Hopes Dim for DACA Deal as Lawmakers Battle Over Trump’s Immigration Remarks
After three days of denunciations from around the world, President Trump declared that he is “not a racist” on Sunday, even as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young undocumented immigrants and avert a government shutdown.
Mr. Trump also insisted that he had not made the inflammatory comments in a White House meeting on Thursday, part of a newly aggressive defense and a counterattack on Democrats by the president and his allies. But his remarks on Sunday were a departure from the White House’s initial statement last week, which did not deny the comments.
“I’m not a racist,” Mr. Trump said on Sunday night as he arrived at Trump International Golf Club in Florida for dinner with Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader, who attended the meeting last week and has not spoken publicly about it. “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.”
His comments, while extraordinary coming from a president of the United States, echoed reassurances Mr. Trump has made several times before.
Readings from Proverbs for Monday, January 15, 2018
Proverbs 10.19-21 – When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the mind of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
Jesus made the things that come out of our mouths very clear. He said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12.34).
As we pray about current events, we can pray for the heart-condition of national leaders.
Prayers for Monday, January 15, 2018
Dear God, we ask that you align the inside condition of national leaders with your will.