QQOTD: Rear Admiral Barry Black, Senate Chaplain
“Remind our Senators that they alone are accountable to You for their conduct. Lord, help them to remember that they can’t ignore You. And get away with it. For we always reap what we sow.”
~ Rear Admiral Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, in his opening prayer on January 31, 2020, on the eleventh day of the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump (C-SPAN)
On days 2 through 10 in the trial, the chaplain’s warnings to the Senate could be construed as more generic and muted in tone. But Day 11 was different. Although the Senate chaplain purports overall political neutrality – and for good reason – the day 11 prayer seems to be more pointed and directed toward the majority Senators, who are obviously participating in a cover-up by voting against witnesses in the impeachment trial.
Why the shift in the chaplain’s tone?
In particular, why might the chaplain add “and get away with it” for emphasis? Was that addition necessary? Why or why not?
Was his message partisan for the sake of being partisan? Why or why not?
What specific message is he sending to the Senate majority?
Historical queries (To be determined in the near or far future):
How has history judged the Senate majority and minority who participated in the 2020 Impeachment trial?
Was the chaplain correct that a price would be paid by the those responsible for wrongdoing (the trial cover-up)? How so or how not?
What additional information has emerged about Donald Trump’s criminality in the ensuing months and years since the trial?
The Full Prayer:
Let us pray. Eternal Lord God, You have summarized ethical behavior in a single sentence. Do for others what you would like them to do for you. Remind our Senators that they alone are accountable to You for their conduct. Lord, help them to remember that they can’t ignore You. And get away with it. For we always reap what we sow. Have Your way, Mighty God. You are the potter, oh Senators, and we are the clay. Mold us and make us after Your will. Stand up, Omnipotent God. Stretch Yourself. And let this nation and world know that You alone are sovereign. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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