Newspaper Prayers: Monday, February 12th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, February 12, 2018

Democrats Can Win on Immigration

To no one’s surprise, President Trump, who has been doubling down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric, used his State of the Union address to draw parallels between the Central American gang MS-13 and law-abiding immigrants in the United States.

The next week, he reiterated that “MS-13 killers” are “pouring into our country.” This kind of language, long a Trump trademark, was used as a political strategy just a few months ago in Virginia during the failed bid of the Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie. It was also on display in the campaign of Kim Guadagno, a Republican who lost the race to replace Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey.

In their quest to retake the House or the Senate (or both), Democrats should not shy away from incorporating and welcoming immigrants into their own rhetoric. When Republicans embark on meanspirited immigrant bashing, Democrats should take notes from Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election victory in Nevada and Ralph Northam’s 2017 gubernatorial win in Virginia. Both Mr. Reid and Mr. Northam rebuffed racially charged anti-immigrant campaigns, standing up for Dreamers, and in the process winning over Latino voters alongside a coalition of progressive and moderate college-educated whites.

(This editorial by Matt Barreto continues in the New York Times.)

Readings from Proverbs for Monday, February 12, 2018

As you consider people who present the news to us, as well as the people who make the news, reflect on the tremendous need our world has to have good words that come from good people. As we pray with our Bible in one hand and the news in the other, let’s ask God to give us people who reflect the positive truth of these two verses.

Proverbs 13.2-3 – From the fruit of their words good persons eat good things, but the desire of the treacherous is for wrongdoing. Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives; those who open wide their lips come to ruin.

Prayers for Monday, February 12, 2018

Dear God, please give the world good people who speak good words.

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