Newspaper Prayers: Friday, April 13th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, April 13, 2018

The Missouri Governor, His Affair, and the Chaos That Followed. Here’s What It Means.

(This is a long article. The excerpts I present are statements from politicians and the clergy.)

“I am very worried as a family man about the effects that this has on his family,” Mike Kehoe, the Senate majority leader and a Republican, said. “The governor’s political career might have two-and-a-half years on it at best, but he’s going to have a family for life.”

Who has called on Mr. Greitens to resign?

Pretty much everybody in Missouri politics. After the release of the 24-page report this week from the state legislative committee, dozens of legislators and other elected officials — Republican and Democrat — reiterated calls for Mr. Greitens to step down. They include Josh Hawley, the attorney general of Missouri and a Republican; Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat; Mr. Kehoe, the Senate majority leader; and even financial backers like David Humphreys, a businessman whose family was one of Mr. Greitens’s top donors, giving him more than $2 million during his run for governor.

Does anyone still support Mr. Greitens?

An inner circle of advisers to the governor, including several strategists and donors, were said to be urging Mr. Greitens to resist calls to resign. Some evangelical leaders, who supported him in 2016 along with an overwhelming number of the state’s white evangelical voters, said they had maintained their support for the governor.

Brandon Park, the lead pastor at Connection Point, an evangelical church in Raytown, Mo., affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, said he did not think Mr. Greitens should resign. He supports the governor’s anti-abortion positions, and he says evangelical Christians respect him for his policies. “I see a lot of these personal attacks both on Trump and Greitens as a way to take away attention from the ideals that matter most to evangelical Christians,” he said. “It does seem to be a little bit of a witch hunt.”

Others, though, were more critical. Phil Hopper, the pastor of Abundant Live Church near Kansas City, Mo., said he would be “amazed” that anybody would be supporting Mr. Greitens, but said that due process must take its course.

Readings from the Gospel of John for Friday, April 13, 2018

Jesus said, “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor” (John 12.26). Jesus walks ahead of us in life and we follow his teachings and his actions.

Prayers for Friday, April 13, 2018

Dear God, please give leaders the grace to follow your direction for life.

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