“The government shutdown has become a teachable moment for youngsters, from moms who teach their kids that actions have consequences to civics classes that teach about democracy at work,” according to a recent report by USA TODAY.
In the article, Pankaj Sharma, a teacher at Niles North High School in Skokie, Ill., was reported as saying he wants his “students to learn about the impact of politics on government and how growing partisanship affects even simple functions such as passing a funding resolution to keep government operating.
“I also would like my students to learn the importance of compromise in our system of government and why compromise sometimes is difficult to achieve,” he said. One senior, Chris Biundo, said the shutdown “shows that our lawmakers can’t talk to each other without yelling. It also shows the weakness of our government and the people voting for them.”
With hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed, national parks closed and numerous government services on hold, many may agree with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s comment that “Government is not the solution to the problem, government IS the problem.”
Regardless of your personal view of who is right and who is wrong in any government crisis, many people will admit they desire a government without gridlock, shutdowns and oppression. That makes the current government crisis a teachable moment on a very important level. For example, what does frustration with any human government teach us about putting our trust in humans?
Getting to the heart of the matter, Psalms 146:3-5 says, “Don’t put your trust in human leaders; no human being can save you. When they die, they return to the dust; on that day all their plans come to an end. Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the Lord their God.” — Good News Translation.
A person is less frustrated with their government when they realize that human rule is limited in what it can do and often ends in disappointment. As the Bible acknowledges at Ecclesiastes 8:9, “Sometimes people exercise power over each other to their detriment.” — Common English Bible.
While this is true — depending on God, trusting in Him to help us, leads to greater happiness now, hope for the future and peace of mind. In fact, this Almighty God has made arrangements for a government without gridlock, oppression and violence of any kind.
At Daniel 7:13-14, Daniel saw a vision of a new form of rulership to encompass the earth. Daniel wrote, “I kept watching in the visions of the night, and look! With the clouds of the heavens, someone like a son of man was coming; and he gained access to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him up close before that One. And to him there were given rulership, honor, and a kingdom, that the peoples, nations, and language groups should all serve him. His rulership is an everlasting rulership that will not pass away and his kingdom will not be destroyed.” — New World Translation.
Jesus Christ is the one given rulership and a kingdom that will not be destroyed, according to Isaiah 9:6-7, which states, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” — King James Version.
As King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus will "increase his government" and bring peace. He will do what no human governments has been able to accomplish in history. According to Psalm 72:11-14, “All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him. He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.” — New Living Translation.
Not only will God’s Kingdom bring relief to the poor and needy, but Psalms 46:9 says, “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.” — New International Version. Can you imagine a world without violence, wars, poverty or government gridlock? How about a world without any sickness, disease or death?
Matthew 10:7-8 shows Jesus and his apostles gave people a taste of what God’s kingdom would do when it comes. He told them, “As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” — New King James Version.
Free health care? Freedom from sickness and death? Freedom from oppression and war? Freedom from government shutdowns and imperfect rulers? Is that what you want? No more gridlock? According to the Bible, it is coming. God's Word at Daniel 2:44 gives us an overview of what this heavenly kingdom will do.
If you too prefer Divine rule, then heed the words of Jesus Christ when he taught us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Do your utmost to seek first that kingdom and God’s righteousness. Become teachable, not just in these “teachable moments,” but as a way of life and the Almighty will guide you to the way that leads to eternal life.