What would God say about the Government Shutdown?

God would say, “Why can’t you get along with each other?”

I wrote about the government shutdown back on Day 28. Now, we are on day 34.

In 1 Corinthians 9.19-23, Paul says:

For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I might by any means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

 We are all free. We can choose what we want to do and when we want to do it. For the President, he can choose to remain intractable about a border wall. For Congress, they can choose to refuse to give him his border wall. 

Be flexible

Paul remained flexible. His goal was sharing the grace and transformation he found in Christ Jesus. To do so, he related to people where they were.

Be humble

Paul lowered himself and acted in humility. For the President and Congress, being humble would be a profound first step toward reconciliation. 

Go to the people

Paul moved to the people. He wanted to relate so he followed the law or didn’t follow the law. He tried to be “all things to all people.” 

At this moment, America’s politicians refuse to be anything to anyone. 

Again and again, in scripture God seeks transformation and putting the other first. An unwavering position puts the self first. 

God wants people to be in harmony with one another. We are supposed to listen to each other, seek growth and transformation, and be humble. We are to be Christlike in all things. 

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