So apparently the government is shut down. One of my friends felt the pinch when he went to Yellowstone National Park and had to turn around at the entrance. Bummer. Another one of my friends was going on vacation to a national park and she had to figure out a plan “B” to her long anticipated time away from the grind. That just stinks. Cancelled vacations are really just the tip of the iceberg though when it comes to our government shutting down. I can’t even begin to calculate what the repercussions of the shutdown will be at this point and I’m not even smart enough to propose a solution to the problem. So what happened?
At some point, we just stopped working together for the common good of the people. Somewhere along the line, we decided that our own personal interests and our own parties successes were far more important than being “One nation under God, indivisible” and called it a day and took our toys and went home. It was more important to make the other party look bad and blame shift than to suck it up, put on our big boy pants and do what needs to be done to help out the citizens of the UNITED States of America.
That is the chief problem with blame. Blame is a sin. It stops us from doing what is right and instead demonizes the other person without coming up with a solution to the problem. It keeps us from truly understanding the other person’s point of view and we get to sidestep our responsibility to actually be the grown up and do something. What would happen if we could put those interests aside, focus on the common good of the people and work together? What would stop us if we truly were united in mind and in purpose? What would happen if we actually saw someone else as more important than ourselves and did what was in their best interest? How would this country…this world be a better place if we were advocates for each other rather than enemies? That’s where the church comes in. We are supposed to be agents of change and be “for” others rather than against them. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with each other and never fight. But it does mean that we don’t self protect to the degree of ignoring our responsibility and polarizing another person or group of people. God’s people should be marked by our self sacrifice and love for humanity. Not our disdain for different points of view. Let’s be the change during a time when most people polarize. Peace.
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”