December 2017… US Government threatens shutdown
January 2018… Government shuts down, reopens temporarily and has a repeat shutdown looming.
I’m not sure about whether or not the US Government will be open next month or not, but I know that God’s government never shuts down and is always open to His people! You might be asking yourself why would I open a blog in such a controversial way? Well, I am somewhat frayed that I am hearing more about the status of a civilian government from those who call themselves Christians more so than I am hearing about the strength and resilience of God’s unshakable kingdom. If we elevate the importance of a nation’s government we inadvertently downplay the importance of God’s Government. Take a moment to think about that. If I elevate the importance of having sons to carry on the family name, by the same elevation of the sons I devalue the significance of the daughters and debase the importance women play in a culture and society. Not convinced? In Israel in biblical times the importance of having sons was immense and though fathers loved their daughters they would often trade them like cattle for money called a dowry or for land or even a title or position. This was not common practice with sons as they were seen as too valuable, sons had been elevated in the eyes of first century Israelites. To elevate ANYTHING is to lower something else IT IS INEVITABLE! If I say that Jesus’ name is the highest name in existence and is a name higher than any other name, by this statement, action, tribute, honoring of Jesus I unintentionally lower the names of everything else on the planet. My father’s name now bows to Jesus’s name, my family name, my mother’s maiden name, my mayor’s name, my president’s name, the name of my race, the name of my country, the name of the organizations I associate with now ALL BOW to the name of Jesus! For me to ELEVATE ANYTHING something else MUST be debased. If I was to take all children four feet tall and elevate them to six feet tall via a step stool then I really haven’t elevated anyone because they are all now six feet tall and on equal levels. Since no one child is elevated over any other child, but if I was to select half of the children to elevate to six feet tall leaving the rest at four feet tall than now I have truly elevated the children on the stool. This may not seem fair and may not be desirable in some cases, but to elevate anything is to lower everything else. This is also why it is hazardous and potentially reckless to idolize singers, actors, preachers, parents, children, mentors, family members, and spouses because the higher you raise them the lower everything else becomes including Jesus Christ. To elevate ANYTHING is to LOWER everything else.
The Bible says that to God’s Government there will be no end. I love the US, live in the US and am glad to be an American, but before I am an American I am a believer in Jesus Christ and Christ’s government supersedes the US government. Christ will make sure my house is fine even if the government shuts down. The Bible says that he has NEVER seen the righteous forsaken or His or Her children begging for food. God’s children need to fear displeasing God not a shutdown government.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NIV
“Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
Isaiah 9:7 NIV