Saturday, September 25, 2021

In Context

Three issues of national importance are rising to a climax as September 2021 comes to an end: • how much innocent red blood will be shed, • how much red ink its finances can endure, and • how much of a red agenda it will pass.

Sometimes people say things that communicate more than they intend. This week, as part of his efforts to justify yet another increase, Senate Majority Leader Schumer noted Congress has previously raised the debt ceiling about 80 times. In other words, the debt limit has not done much limiting. Now, Republicans have found a use for the debt ceiling: stopping a $3.5 trillion spending bill full of a leftist, trajectory-changing agenda. Leader Schumer has filed cloture on H.R. 5305, the bill to fund the government and raise the debt limit (yes, as recorded on page S6666 of this year’s Congressional Record).

After 48 years of nothing more than a Supreme Court precedent, and in the midst of looming financial gridlock, the House found time on Friday to pass a bill to stain U.S. law with the gruesome bloody procedure of abortion.

Congress has five days to fund the government or extend its current funding and a few more after that to deal with the excess of spending beyond tax revenue. The current majority has made this unnecessarily complicated by attempting to do everything it has wanted to do for at least 20 years all at once.

To average and astute political observers, the timing of these matters coinciding may appear incidental. They are not. God has brought these matters together because as His Word shows, over and over again in the history of Israel, they are directly related. The kings of Israel, especially in the latter days of its monarchy, were measured by whether or not they tore down or built up the high places for evil sacrifices, the then-equivalent of abortion. Whether the reckoning for America comes this week or later, “Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Father, in the midst of many complicated issues and complicating factors we have a simple request: Allow and help Congress to do that which is good and honoring to You, and not that which would dishonor You. Turn the trajectory of America to being humble before You.

“And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.” (2 Chronicles 36:15)

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