Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Sin of Congress

Ezekiel 16:49

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

For the first time in history the President of the United States has been refused permission to speak before the House of Representatives. It’s not surprising considering also that no House of Representatives has threatened to let the United States go into default if its demands were not met. The economy is in a bad state and the President should be allowed the opportunity to address lawmakers before the State of the Union given the suffering so many Americans are feeling. We need jobs!

Rep. John Boehner needs to repent of his sin for misrepresenting the American people. Hard working people. Unemployed people. Poor people. People are waiting with baited breath for good news about jobs in America and Congress wants to play games with the President. Prolonging the misery of the poor through political play is a sin.

It’s time for us to hold the people we elected accountable because too many people are hurting.

Like the daughters of Sodom, our leaders have become disconnected from the people they serve because:

1. They're arrogant. How can you refuse the President of the United States the right to speak about jobs when that is the number one priority in the nation?! The first time in History; really?! Pride comes before the fall. The United States is in danger of destroying itself through arrogance.

2. They are overfed. Maybe the reason they can take their time in helping poor people find jobs is because they are overfed. I can guarantee that nobody in Congress missed a meal last night. Nobody in Congress ran out of gas going to work. Nobody in Congress got foreclosed on. While poor people go hungry from not working Congress is overfed. Maybe they should work for free and give their salary to the unemployed.

3. They are unconcerned. How can you say you are concerned about the American people when you almost let the country go into default and hold the country hostage while you get your demands met? We need jobs and Congress refuses the President the right to speak on Jobs!

We need leaders who are concerned about the poor and needy. As Christians, if we repeat the sins of Sodom or Congress we are no better than they are. If we have it in our power to help the poor and needy but don’t do it, our religion is worthless. God’s greatest command is to Love God and Love people. It’s time for the people of God to take action. Jesus said, “When you do to the least of these you also do to me.” How we treat the poor and needy shows how much we love Jesus. To care about the poor and needy we must do the opposite of Congress we must:

1. Stay humble. God promotes the humble but demotes the arrogant. Make sure you have an approachable spirit so that people can come to you for help if they need it.

2. Share your food. If you have something that could help somebody and you can afford to do without it make sure you share it.

3. Help somebody. James 2: 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead[1]

1. It's time for congress to stop playing games with our jobs!

Dear God,

We need jobs. We also need leaders who really care about the poor and needy. Your people are crying out for help. Please send us the jobs, the food, the shelter and the help we need. Please don’t let the righteous be forsaken nor their children be in the streets begging for bread. Lord we need you right away. Please unite our President and leaders in Washington so that they can work on behalf of the poor and needy.

In Jesus Name,


[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Jas 2:14-17

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