Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, February 26, 2018
Is This the Moment for Gun Control? A Gridlocked Congress Is Under Pressure
Lawmakers will return to Washington on Monday facing intense public pressure to break their decades-long gridlock on gun control, a demand fortified by a bipartisan group of governors calling for Congress to take action to protect against mass shootings.
But even as members of both parties said it might be difficult for Congress to remain on the sidelines after the school massacre this month in Parkland, Fla., lawmakers have no clear consensus on even incremental changes to gun restrictions, let alone more sweeping legislation.
Over a weeklong recess, Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate remained largely silent on gun legislation, a reflection of the significant obstacles to passing even modest measures this year.
Many Republicans fear primary challenges from the right in the midterm elections this fall and do not want to be pushed into difficult votes. Democrats are not eager for legislation that they deem too incremental. And with lawmakers of both parties looking to wrap up their work to focus on their campaigns for re-election, the time to pass any significant legislation is running short.
The article continues in the New York Times on-line.
Readings about Peace for Monday, February 26, 2018
Psalm 34.11 and 14 – Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Depart from evil, and do good; SEEK PEACE, and pursue it.
If you’ve heard the threat, “I’ll put the fear of the Lord in you,” you need to know that the expression completely misses what the Bible means by “the fear of the Lord.”
The best understanding of “the fear of the Lord” is what Jesus said was the greatest commandment of all. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment” (Matthew 22.37-38).
Jesus went on to say that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22.39).
With this in mind, it makes sense that people who desire to live a Jesus-kind-of-life are peacemakers.
Let’s pray for God to raise up peacemakers throughout the earth.
Prayers for Monday, February 26, 2018
Dear God, we ask that you increase the number of peacemakers throughout the earth.