The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness. Niels Bohr
Meditation: Many people have been arrested in Russia during peaceful demonstrations against the regime’s corruption. Especially opposition leaders are being targeted. In the recent weeks several individuals who were about to testify against the Russian regime died mysteriously in accidents or disappeared shortly before their testimony. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned last week in the UK. Dictatorship needs secrecy. Here in the US a lawyer, Jeffrey Lovitky, feels deeply intimidated, and yet he is filing a law suit against the President for keeping his financial information secret. He could not find anybody else who would have the courage to be a plaintiff in this case, as all feel scared. The lawyer says that opposing such secrecy is his duty as a citizen. Where is American politics going when the intentional withholding of information and secrecy is becoming the norm? And when citizens have to fear when they try to have the truth come to light?
Prayer: God, you are truth and you bring truth to light. We pray for our democracy to not be abused by those who function based on lies and secrecy. We pray for Sergei Skripal and his daughter for their survival, protection and recovery. We pray for Jeffrey Lovitky for strength, courage and protection. We pray for our judicial system for impartiality and independence. God, let the truth prevail. Amen
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. Ephesians 5:11-12