Senate Chaplain Barry Black delivered a stunning morning prayer on Wednesday one day after Jeff Flake’s powerful anti-Trump speech, calling for God to “give us more legislators who are not afraid to call sin by its right name” and “provide us with more patriots who will stand for right, regardless of the consequences.”
“Give us more senators who are true to duty as the needle to the pole. Give us more legislators who are not afraid to call sin by its right name,” Black, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, said. “Lord, provide us with more patriots who will stand for right regardless of the consequences.”
“Almighty God, the foundation of true wisdom, you extend your powerful dominion over the universe,” Black said. “Stand by our lawmakers and protect them with your might. Lord, refresh them with your wisdom as you prepare them not only for time, but eternity. Lord, we praise you for ethically congruent lawmakers who in their in-most beings are true and honest.”
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Black’s prayer came one day after two GOP senators ripped President Trump’s reckless behavior.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he believes Trump will be remembered for “the debasing of our nation,” and said the president is a poor role model for any child. He also said Trump has “great difficulty with the truth on many issues.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) delivered a fiery speech on the Senate floor, condemning President Trump’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior.
“Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has been excused as telling it like it is, when it is actually reckless, outrageous and undignified,” Flake said. “When such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength because our strength comes from our values. It, instead, projects a corruption of the spirit and weakness.
“It is often said children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?”
The Arizona senator lamented the faction of the GOP that has “complete and unquestionable loyalty” to Trump, and said he believes he had an obligation to call out Trump’s behavior.
“The notion that one should stay silent — and as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters — the notion that we should say or do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is a historic and, I believe, profoundly misguided.”