- - Monday, January 30, 2017

Here are some top quotes from faith-related articles and opinion columns this week.

FirstPresident Trump said last week that “he’s “not 100 percent” about who his nominee for the Supreme Court will be, but that evangelicals and Christians will be represented fairly by the person he chooses.

“I think I know, but I’m not 100%. I can’t guarantee it. We’re doing some further checking. The vetting, they call it the vetting process and the vetting process is very strong,” Mr. Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The Brody File.”

“I think I know, but I’m not 100%. I can’t guarantee it. We’re doing some further checking. The vetting, they call it the vetting process and the vetting process is very strong,” Mr. Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The Brody File.”

…“I think the person I pick will be big, big I think people are going to love it. I think evangelicals, Christians will love my pick. And will be represented very fairly,” said Mr. Trump.

Second, Mollie Hemingway writes “Trump’s Aide is Right: Media Do Need to Shut Up and Listen“: 

Yes, we know the media are defensive. But how could you miss the actual point of the quote? If you don’t know why Trump won, if you have made no effort to understand the moment, maybe stop telling people what they should think and just listen. Like reporters are supposed to. It’s actually unbelievably helpful advice that, were the media to take it, would render them much more able to hold the Trump administration accountable.

Third, Chelsea [Bradley] Manning made a big splash last week with a commentary that took a swipe at former President Barack Obama for … not being aggressive enough as a progressive.

The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle. Instead, what we need is an unapologetic progressive leader.

The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle. Instead, what we need is an unapologetic progressive leader.

We need someone who is unafraid to be criticized, since you will inevitably be criticized. We need someone willing to face all of the vitriol, hatred and dogged determination of those opposed to us. Our opponents will not support us nor will they stop thwarting the march toward a just system that gives people a fighting chance to live. Our lives are at risk – especially for immigrants, Muslim people and black people.We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. We need to stop hoping that our systems will right themselves. We need to actually take the reins of government and fix our institutions. We need to save lives by making

We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. We need to stop hoping that our systems will right themselves. We need to actually take the reins of government and fix our institutions. We need to save lives by making change at every level.

Finally, don’t miss this fascinating Q&A with our new Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, talking about the importance of lifelong learning, reading, and passing along wisdom to the next generation. Here’s a clip:

Q: You often quote Ecclesiastes 1:9: “There is nothing new under the sun.” What does it mean to you?

Read about history, and you become aware that nothing starts with us. It started long ago. If you read enough biography and history, you learn how people have dealt successfully or unsuccessfully with similar situations or patterns in the past. It doesn’t give you a template of answers, but it does help you refine the questions you have to ask yourself. Further, you recognize there is nothing so unique that you’ve got to go to extraordinary lengths to deal with it.

…”We have an obligation to pass on the lessons we learned oftentimes at great, great cost. I would liken it to running the elevator down, opening the doors, bringing on board young guys, and carrying them up a couple of levels, sharing what we learned so they can go make their own mistakes, not the same ones we made.

Q: What lessons would you like to impart to warriors in training?

That small groups of committed people can change things. That ethical, competent and admired leadership is badly needed nowadays. For young officers, certainly to gain trust and respect from their subordinates. But they also have to be able to gain the affection of their troops. Not popularity—affection. By doing that they’ll find people who have coequal commitment across all ranks. That’s what you see in forces that have shown spirit even when a lot of things went wrong.

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