The DC Shift

“Shifting from DC to JC”

Recent headline news has filled the airwaves with the pros and cons of passing the “Healthcare Package”. For many they have waited for this provision for years and for others this is a dreaded day and only a beginning of a downward trend towards a socialistic, big brother government. On both sides people wonder how we can actually pay for such a “goliath” program when our national debt is already crippling the country and creating a dismal economic future for our land.

Daily, both sides pump the media with stats that support their position. My e-mail, Facebook and Blog world is filled daily with commentary either way on this ominous situation. Because of this, I know the nation is very concerned for those without healthcare and at the very same time ready for a significant correction of the DC spending that seems out of control.

As I consider the arguments on both sides, I can see as a follower of Christ, each side has a plausible position. On one side you have those who are concerned for those who have no medical health care coverage. As a Christian I too must carry this same concern and be prepared to care for those in need around me and around the world. It is a mistake not to make every attempt to make sure the poor among us are compassionately cared for! It would be un-Christlike to make no effort to provide for the poor!

I also agree with those who are concerned for our national debt and big government becoming even bigger. I do wonder why a third option for health care was not considered that would have provided great options for those in need without creating such a massive government program that will create a national debt that will exceed anything in our history. Again, biblical leadership calls for good stewardship of money.

The question I wrestle with is, what can I do about this? What is my response to what seems to be a world of confusion? What can I actually do? I’ve listed several action points that have been helpful for me.

First, I must understand that God is in absolute control and because He is sovereign His plan for mankind will be accomplished. All that we are experiencing is no surprise to Him. I must keep my heart and mind focused on Him. Hebrew’s 12:1-3 are key verses for me during this time of history.

Second, I must be intentional about placing my hope and trust in God, not our government. I call this “shifting from DC to JC”. Honestly, I do not have the same expectations for DC that I have for JC. I would never equate these two so why not reflect that in my life? I have limited optimism that originates from DC. On the other hand, I have every reason to be optimistic because of JC. Bottom line, when it really matters, it does not matter who rules in the White House but rather it is eternally significant who reigns in my house! Of this I have full control and responsibility.

Thirdly, I must act only as God leads me. The Lord may prompt me to write a letter, make a phone call blog or twitter on a given political subject, but only as He leads me. This requires time alone with Him, abiding with Him and intentional times of prayer. I must not act out of an emotional place that is prompted by a statement or action of a politician of whom I know very little about. The media does not help us here because rarely do we hear the full context of political statements from conservative or liberal media sources.

Fourthly, I need to limit media input. Recently I cut back on my daily dose of a wonderful news channel of whom I think is correct most of the time. I just could not handle the high level of negative perspectives being piled up in my mind leaving me with very little hope for the future. Other news channels seemed to distort the truth or withhold truth regularly which only riled me up. I am responsible for not only what I allow into my brain but also what I do with that information. I am trying to be life-giving in my thinking, my speaking and my actions. I can only be life-giving as I reflect the Life-Giver himself. So, I need more time with him and less with the media.

Finally, I need to keep prayer as my greatest influence over my heart and scripture over my mind. Scripture is clear about praying for our leaders so I’m praying daily for our President, the House, and Senate and I challenge you to do the same. Our greatest hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, not Washington, DC! But, we are still called to pray for our leaders regularly. When we pray for someone, inevitably our heart is transformed into God’s heart for that person. This is God’s way, and His way has a hope that continually surpasses all of my expectations!

This is what I need. This is what the world needs! How about you?

One comment

  • Challenging post, Kurt! Easier said than done, but thank you for calling us to act in life-giving ways of prayerful and winsome witness for the Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords. Here are three Scriptures from three different time periods in the redemptive history of God’s people, each reflecting “The DC Shift” in ancient times.

    The Egyptian and Amorite Shift
    “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:14-15 ESV).

    The Babylonian Shift
    “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:4-7 ESV).

    The Roman Shift
    “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time” (1 Timothy 2:1-6 ESV).

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