Everyone I know, liberal and conservative, is frustrated with the government shutdown, all the moreso because the positions are so entrenched that it’s hard to imagine a way out.
I read from the book of Jonah at Mass today. He showed the maturity of a two-year old with his temper tantrums, first that Nineveh repented and then that a shady plant didn’t last a day in the heat. Twice God asked him, “Have you reason to be angry?” Twice he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.”
I could not help but think of the government stalemate, in which all parties are saying they are angry enough – stubborn enough – to let the economy and especially the poor be at risk of death. It is long past time for both sides to lose a little face, give a little, and find a way out.
Jim Wallis and a group of clergy staged a filibuster, reading 2000 passages from scripture that refer to God’s special concern for the poor. The filibuster continues on social media — our monastery is contributing some tweets of favorite scripture verses or quotes from the saints.
Want to be part of the filibuster? Search for #FaithfulFilibuster on whatever social media you use, and add your own contributions.
- Religious leaders unite against ‘immoral’ shutdown (tv.msnbc.com)
- “Millions of Americans struggle to live”: Bishops urgent request to the government (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- Faithful Filibuster: Christian leaders read Scripture, exhort Congress to care (religionnews.com)
- Religious leaders stage ‘faithful filibuster’ in hopes of ending shutdown (ksl.com)
- ‘Unbiblical': Jim Wallis Lambastes ‘Political Extremists’ Responsible for the Gov’t Shutdown – and Warns of God’s Judgement (theblaze.com)
- How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Religious Groups (blackchristiannews.com)
- Catholic and Other Faith Leaders: End the Shutdown (millennialjournal.com)