The Government Shut-Down: What It REALLY Means
Things May Look Bleak, But Remember: We Don’t Have To Be Forsaken!
“‘Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness,’ saith the Lord GOD. ‘If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves. Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.”
“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
On October 1st, 2013, due to primarily a deadlock between the Obama Administration and the United States’ House of Representatives concerning the “Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act” (also known as “Obama Care”) and the lack of a fiscal budget, the United states Government shut down for the first time in nearly twenty years, and for the 18th time in United States’ History. What does all of this mean for Americans? What does it mean for those who are followers of Yeshua Hamashiach?
There has been a lot of reaction to this shut-down by the Federal Government in Washington, DC, but much of it has been almost comical. Here are a few Examples of what we mean………
“I think there would be more of a noticeable difference if Starbucks shutdown. Just sayin’. You have to actually be doing something, to make the absence of you doing something, mean something.”
—Carey Walker Doore
“Obamacare begins tomorrow, and you know what that means! Wait, actually, no, you probably don’t know what that means.”
“(I) leave the country for a couple weeks and all #$%@ breaks loose. I’m coming back Saturday, America. I hope there’s air traffic control.”
“In 10 minutes, the Government of the world’s great superpower is shutting down. How utterly pathetic.”
“So our $#!&?@% government shut(s) down, & over 1,000,000 people are going to be asked to work without pay. Aliens, please land now…”
“Don’t think of it as a government shutdown. Think of it as a Newsroom finale.”
“Just landed in LA. And the #governmentshutdown …. Not a good look”
“Last night I went to bed with tears in my eyes.
“Like a lot of people, I check news before turning in. Last night I shouldn’t have done that.
“Last night it fully hit home that our alleged president has no honor. He has no respect for the people of this country and he has no concept of what it means to be American.
“It doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with our foreign policy. It doesn’t matter on which side you are regarding our immigration policy. It doesn’t matter how you feel about the so-called Affordable Health Care Act. Your views on religion, abortion, education, nutrition or anything else the current administration is involved in do not matter.
“We can always fight amongst ourselves about these things. We can fix these things. We can tweak and adjust and banter and negotiate or not and throw tantrums and generally show the world that our elected representatives would rather play foolish politics than run the country.
“Everything else aside, what should always be important is how we honor and respect those who represent the best of what it means to be American.
“In this, our alleged president shows no respect and has no honor.
“Let’s not forget this man talked through a moment of silence in honor of the victims of 9/11. Let’s not forget this man cannot stop yakking on his cell phone long enough to properly salute ‘his’ Marines. Let’s not forget this man said he often does not wear a flag pin because he does not want to be perceived as ‘taking sides’. Let’s not forget this man complained about being ‘constrained’ by our Constitution.
“He willingly leaves our borders wide open and sets free upon an innocent population thugs, thieves, and murderers. He gladly gives arms and billions of dollars to those who tell us every day that they intend to kill us all. He closes our White House blaming sequestration but finds enough money to throw lavish parties and take extravagant vacations and fund ridiculous research and pet projects and even in a government shutdown can pay 20 plus service providers for his wife but finds showing honor and respect to World War II Veterans just a step too far.
“I swear with one hand on the US Constitution and the other on the King James Bible and with the Bill of Rights in my heart to fight this man. He has gotten away with far too much for far too long. He deserves nothing from any American. He has not earned one iota of respect.
“Last night I went to bed with tears in my eyes. Today I am an angry American.”
“Barack Obama sent 7 security guards to [the] WWII Memorial this AM to keep out our vets. sadly, that’s 2 more than were present in Benghazi”
“Unbelievably, today Senate Democrats went on record to oppose funding for National Guard and Reserve salaries, veterans’ services, lifesaving medicine and cures, and national parks and museums. Congress unanimously passed a bill to ensure active-duty military personnel are paid during this lapse in government funding, and it’s unclear why Senate Democrats wouldn’t pass similar measures to fund these important services,”
“Obama just claimed that the last government ‘shutdown’ in 1996 hurt the economy, when in fact he knows the stock market boomed. I guess he thinks he can furlough reality too.”
“One thing about the shutdown: The House Republicans sent an offer over to the Senate to not shut down if the Democrats would give up their Obamacare subsidies. The Democrats in the Senate voted to keep their subsidies, and I think a big deal needs to be made of that.”
Friends, these reactions are all over the place. Though there are polls out that state Americans disapprove of the shut down <source><source> (and keep in mind that these polls were taken BEFORE the government shutdown), the fact of the matter is that the shutdown is affecting only those in the government sector, and even then only in and on a limited basis. Despite this government shut-down, it is more than a bit curious that Mr. Obama has been able to not only erect barricades around Washington, DC, memorials, but also post Park Rangers to see to it that people are not able to enter the memorials <source><source><source><source>.
So what does all of this mean for us, Americans and those of us who follow Jesus Christ? What does a government shut-down mean for the Church? For one, it is merely another sign along the way that Yeshua Hamashiach is coming very, very soon………
“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
—Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), Matthew 24.4—14
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
—Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), Matthew 24.37—39
“Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
—Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), Mark 13.12—13
“Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”
—Yeshua Hamashaich (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), Luke 21.8—9
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
—Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), Luke 21.25—28
Friends, what we are seeing in Washington, DC, with this impasse is simply another sign, another indicator, and another message that Jesus Christ is coming again and very soon. The Bible — the written Word of GOD — is full of indicators of the coming of Jesus Christ to snatch up his church out of this world, and this fight between the House of Representatives and the President is simply one more brick, one more step on that road to the End Times. Many people won’t like and don’t like to hear of the End Times, but commotions like these in D.C. are simply indicators that we are about to reach that time when the LORD GOD says “Enough. Bring them home!” The fact that one side of the political aisle wants to defund an unpopular health care and health insurance scheme, while the other side wants to ram such down the throats of a thoroughly disenfranchised electorate is simply evidence of Jesus’ imminent return. Many people see and hear and read about “Government shut-down” and want to give into despair. Many people see absolutely no hope of recovery or of either side giving in or flinching or of compromise and want to throw up their hands and get all stressed out. The fact of the matter is that, without Jesus Christ, people do tend to do this. We are bent towards seeing the bad side, the negative side of things. Yet, if we have Christ Jesus on the inside, we have no need to worry.
Basically this government shut-down is no more than a scare tactic that our enemy will and often does use. You see, folks, fear is of the Devil………
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
—2nd Timothy 1.7
“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.”
—1st John 4.15—19
Friends, essentially, that is all that this government shut-down really is: fear magnified. It is a reason for both sides of the political aisle to try and gain support for their respective causes. The Democrats think that if America doesn’t have the Obama Care that we are doomed to skyrocketing costs and many Americans not having health coverage. Republicans see this and use this as a means to remind Americans that this is yet another scheme by the government that ought to be in the hands of the private sector. Libertarians see this as government intervention in an unnecessary way. Socialists see this a something needed for the common good, while liberals see it as a helping hand for those who are down-and-out. conservatives see this as something that the private sector does better and that the government does to add more control and more corruption into the mix. All of the talking heads are speaking in favor of the government shut-down or in favor of Obama Care. Whichever side is loudest, their words only add fear, despair, and confusion to Americans. So what to do? Where do we turn? When the government shuts down, when neither side on Capitol Hill and the White House are willing to talk, what happens next? What should Christians do in times like these?
What we as believers need to remember is that GOD has promised never to leave us nor forsake us; we won’t be left without His Guiding Hand and His Help………
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
—Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), John 14.18
“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.”
“…as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
“For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.”
—1st Samuel 12.22
“And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel.”
—1st Kings 6.13
“The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us…”
—1st Kings 8.57
“…fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…”
—1st Chronicles 28.20
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.”
“For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.”
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.'”
And these verses are merely the tip of the iceberg concerning GOD’s goodness towards those who call upon His Name and have placed their trust of Eternal Security in his hands. Friends, the Government of the USA may shut down………but GOD NEVER shuts down!
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
He has promised time and time and time again in His written Word that he will not leave us………
“For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.”
So what do we do during this time of Government Shut-Down? First and foremost, we must continue in our relationship with the LORD God. Trust in him, have faith in him, and walk in his ways. Secondly, we must pray for wisdom for our leadership. The President, Vice-President, Representatives, Senators, Governors, State House Members, Mayors, City Councils, and anyone and everyone else associated with the government, whether by election or appointment, need our prayers. As has been stated on this site before, these men and women have a tough job, and much stress, and they need our prayers. Thirdly, we must continue to let others know that, in Christ Jesus, there is hope………and only in him is there hope! Governments are good, but can never, ever take the place of the Savior. Presidents and Senators and Representatives may be well intentioned in their works, but only GOD is perfect, and we must defer and refer back to him! Finally, remember the Jesus the Christ, our Savior, has tomorrow ion his hands. He Is The First. He Is the Last. He Is the Great “I AM” and nothing gets by him nor surprises him.
The Government Shut-Down: What It Really Means! Father in heaven, even though Washington DC is shut down, we know that you are always open for business, and we thank you for this truth. Some have given into despair, O LORD, but we pray that you would help them to find your peace, the Peace that passeth all understanding! We love you today, O Father, and we pray this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Please give our leaders in DC the wisdom you want them to have. We pray this in Jesus’ Matchless Name, Amen!
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
—Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of Nazareth), John 16.33