Shutdown lowdown


Disclaimer: I am not a political analyst, commentator, or expert.  I’m simply a citizen who is affected by the political process.

The whole world is watching what happens on Capitol Hill.  I’m pretty disgusted, actually.  From my limited understanding, this is a failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.  I like to think that we have the best and the brightest committing their talents to the noble and herculean task of governing.  But the evidence is not too convincing.  So what’s the average person to do?

Here’s what many of us are tempted to do:

  • Complain about Congress.  (check)
  • Feel like the world’s coming to an end.  (check)
  • Focus on how this problem will affect me personally.  (check)

Here’s what I believe the church is called to do:

  • Pray for our leaders.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior… (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

Remember, when Paul wrote this, the kings were not very popular.  They weren’t democratically elected leaders, but those who conquered with military might and forced their way on entire nations.  Nonetheless…pray for them.  (Check out the 24 Hours of Prayer this weekend!)

  • View this situation (like every other situation) in light of God’s bigger plan and purposes.  He’s NOT surprised by this, nor is he threatened.  What might God be trying to do in your life at this time?
  • Continue to reach out to those in our church family, and those in our community with the HOPE of Christ.  That may mean offering financial assistance to a friend.  It may mean rolling up my sleeves to help someone.  It may mean changing my schedule or plans in order to serve someone whom God has brought across my path.  The grace fund is available for those with acute financial needs.  (Please contact the office if you need assistance.)  And the Body of Christ (that’s us) is available to use our gifts to strengthen the Body!  (Catch last week’s podcast if you weren’t with us over the weekend.)

If we (the church) can do our job, then whether Congress does their job or not, God’s agenda will still move forward.  And the HOPE of Christ will continue to transform our world.

-Pastor Mark

P.S. Please join us for our 24 Hours of Prayer this weekend, beginning Friday at 7:00 p.m.  You can sign up for a one hour time slot by clicking here.

Posted on October 3, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Mark-what an EXCELLENT word!!! As one who habitually goes negative, I appreciate this attitude adjustment. I often am frustrated by the lack of God-focus by politically vocal believers, and with this shut-down, I’ve fallen into the same trap. Thanks for pulling me out.

  2. I know .. what a concept.. praying for our Leaders??? Our Congressmen/women. Wow.. we probably wouldn’t have all the problems our country has if we prayed. Well, maybe we would, but it wouldn’t look so bleak. 🙂 I too forget that we need to pray for our leaders.

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