“In the Face of a Shutdown” September 30, 2013

It is very possible — as of this writing — that the federal government will shut-down on tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1.  If this happens, there will be great harm and destruction to our well-being, the local and national economies and especially to the impoverished who are already hurting.  It is estimated that the Washington DC region alone, home to the largest concentration of federal workers in the nation, could lose an estimated $200 million a day and could see more than 700,000 jobs take a financial hit if the federal government shuts down.

However, last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) conducted a 21-hour filibuster on the US Senate Floor all in an effort to get the Congress to defund the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obama Care.”   Senator Cruz and other conservative lawmakers are so strongly against the new health care law and funding for the poor that they are willing to shut-down the federal government to achieve their ends.

While everyone is entitled to their opinion, the fact of the matter is that the United States of America is the richest nation on the face of God’s earth and we have an obligation to take care of the least of our citizens including providing health care.   The conservatives’ solution to balancing the budget is to cut back on healthcare and food stamps and other programs that provide support to the poor.  However, we can’t further erode the social service safety net when so many Americans are hurting.   The bad news is that Congressional leaders seem to be a long-way off from resolving the budget crisis.  The good news is that we can always find comfort in God’s word.   God says to us — even in the face of a government shutdown:

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged (My Fellow Citizen), for the LORD God, my God, is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you (even in the face of the possibility of a Government Shutdown). — I Chronicles 28:20

He also says: “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.  Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” — I Peter 3:14

So let us be strong and courageous and keep the faith, even in the face of a government shutdown.  Let us also advocate, contact your federal lawmakers and demand that they take necessary action to keep the federal government open and support programs including health care and food stamps that provide assistance to all of God’s children.

Peace and Blessings,  Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.


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