As of this writing, the government has officially shutdown. Democrats and Republicans could not reach a consensus over spending, and thus with the budget deadline reached, spending for various government departments have ceased. This government shutdown did not come suddenly. For several months Congress has been authorizing extensions on spending month to month, but there was one thing looming on the horizon that indicated this day would come. What we have arrived at is a situation where political agendas conflict with the rule of law.
What I am referring to is the source of this impasse. Republicans wanted any budget spending tied to dealing once and for all the flood of illegal immigration that has existed for decades. One of the promises that Donald Trump made to voters during his campaign was to build a wall on the southern border to physically stop the flood of illegals into the United States. Additionally, what was also at stake are the literally thousands of people who were brought to this country illegally by parents and what their fate holds. Democrats and some Republicans are wanting to give the so called “dreamers”, as well as the millions of illegal aliens in this country, amnesty while most Republicans want current immigration laws enforced.
What happened late Friday evening was that Democrats mustered enough votes in the Senate to block any spending measures. However, make no mistake what took place was politicians on both sides effectively chose to value the interests of law-breakers over American citizens. When I say American citizens, I am not just referring to those who are naturally born here, but millions who legally immigrated to our country. Our congressional leaders have shown through their actions, very and loud and clearly, that US citizens rights and our immigration laws mean nothing to them. What matters more is satisfying a political agenda.
The Bible is very clear that we are to, “Obey the laws of the land.” The law of this land is that you cannot just walk into America whenever you feel like it. There is a process every person is supposed to go through, and if you want to remain here, like obtaining employment or living permanently in the United States, then there is a process for that. Incidentally, this is not unique to our country, as other countries have similar laws. I cannot just enter Mexico, Britain, or Poland without following those nation’s laws. Why then is America the exception?
What is this political agenda? Very simply, Democrats have for years set themselves up as the so-called guardians of immigrants to this country. However, they do not do this out of the goodness of their hearts, but do so with one thing in mind. They are using illegals to load the ballot box during elections with promises to them that they will “standup” for their interests. Once elections are over, they do absolutely nothing for them, until the next election cycle and the process repeats. But the bottom line is, there is a large lobby of politicians in our nation’s capital that have zero interest or inclination in the rule of law. That rule of law is that to enter America, there is an immigration process, i.e., laws that must be followed.
What we as Americans should see is that predominately one political party has chosen to hold the entire nation hostage financially to satisfy this agenda. They have literally exposed themselves, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Democrats do not care about the rule of law. These are the same Democrats that would not even consider taking up to vote about “Kate’s Law”, months after the measure passed the House. Kate’s Law would essentially end sanctuary cities and compel local municipalities to cooperate fully with national immigration authorities. This bill was inspired by the tragic death of Kate Steinle, who was killed by a 6-time deported illegal alien from Mexico who was released by San Francisco authorities, and not held for immigration authorities, because they have laws to not cooperate with immigration officials. Again, Democrats across the board have rejected passing such a law to protect Americans.
So here we are at a government shutdown. Strangely, while this is totally unnecessary, I woke up this morning and the world was not on fire, due to the shutdown. However, make no mistake that this shutdown is 100% the fault of both sides. Democrats for ignoring the rule of law, and Republicans who went along with Democrats, either through silence and inaction, or those GOP lawmakers who refused to effectively make the case to the American people that their government was being shut-down by lawmakers who care nothing about the law.
This is what happens when we as a nation forsake G-d and Yeshua as our L-rd.
Matthew 23:28 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
28 Likewise, you appear to people from the outside to be good and honest, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and far from Torah.
1 John 3:4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah.
Until we as a nation decide to collectively get on our knees and repent of our sins, things like this government shutdown will only get worse and worse. It is time for America to repent. Some have elevated the current President to some type of savior status. He is not the savior of this country. He certainly has been used by G-d for several things, but is that any different than any other story from the Bible? The answer of course is no.
The rule of law is not just American codified law, but the law of G-d. This should always be number 1 and political agendas will always conflict with His Word. As believers, it is time to stop aligning ourselves with political parties and agendas, and align ourselves with the Word of our L-rd Yeshua.