These days the news is dominated by the shutdown of the Federal government and the war of words between the President and the Republicans in congress. There is much wringing of hands and dire predictions of what will happen if the shut down continues.
If that’s not enough, the battle over the debt ceiling is upon us as of October 17th with the same two sides rattling their sabers and warning of financial Armageddon if the other side does not cave in to their demands. So, what should you and I do in light of this brinkmanship on Capitol Hill?
I have two suggestions:
(1) Limit the amount of news you watch or listen to. The media loves to hype this type of news, after all in times like these, ratings go up and advertisers pay up. The media onslaught can steal our sense of peace, fruitfulness, and joy that we should be experiencing in Christ. In Matthew 13, Jesus told the parable of the sower. In verse 22 he said, “And the one on whom the seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it become unfruitful.”
(2) Pray for the Lord to work in the hearts of those serving in leadership of the government. Pray that the Lord would give them good hearts and a desire to honor one another. Pray that they would humble themselves before God and together seek resolution to these challenges. “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Warmly in Christ,