The US partial government shutdown reached Day 27 today. It has been the longest shutdown in modern American history. No matter what your political opinion is about it, it’s costing over $200 million a day, up to $5 billion so far, for delayed wages.
Maybe it has affected you or your friends. I have friends in the US Coast Guard who are currently working, serving their nation, not knowing when their next paycheck will arrive. They have been encouraged to find other jobs while they wait for a resolution to the political quagmire in Washington, DC.
Rapper Cardi B Goes Viral With Her Opinion on the Partial Government Shutdown
Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, a famous 26 year-old rapper from the Bronx, New York posted a video throwing her opinion into the mix this week. Her rant has gone viral receiving over 2 million likes and nearly 10 million views. At one point in the video she said, “I feel like we need to take some action. I don’t know what type of action, because its not what I do.”
It is true that some action needs to take place. And Cardi, you may not know what to do, but I know what the Church can do. And you’re invited to take part in it…
Arise and Shine, for Your Light Has Come
Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” It’s time to rise up Church!
Its time to ramp up prayer and intercession on behalf of everyone affected by the shutdown. Its time to wake up a little earlier to seek the face of God, or stay up a little later to call the glory of God down upon our nation. To petition the King of Kings to pour out His Spirit on the hallways, corridors and rooms of government. That our legislators, leaders and everyone in authority will begin to have dreams and visions. And being drawn to the Lord as Biblical wisdom is poured out upon them.
Not just the prayer warriors, but all Christians rise up. Committing to be praying for all government leaders and those in authority. 1st Timothy 2:1-3 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…”
But not only are we to intercede, but we can also give. Perhaps we can give groceries or gas cards. We can put in an encouraging card and cash. When we drop these gifts off we can ask if we can pray the power of the Holy Spirit upon Government workers.
Beloved, this is our hour to shine brighter, seeing the negative headlines and constant vitriol change to Good News. When we give, lets give generously. 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.“
The Government may be shutdown, but God’s Will never shuts down. His plans always prevail. He still sits on the Throne. Instead of waiting on the politicians, let’s act, Church.
Give God the fame, in Jesus Name.