Spirit of God in Us
Matthew 10: 16 offers these words of challenge from Jesus: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” God wants us to discard the pretense and appearance of this selfish me-oriented life and asks us to walk in the strength and confidence of his light. This will set us free to treat others with respect and love.
We are not walking in the righteousness of God when we allow our government to disregard the needs of the people. This is especially hurtful during this unnecessary shutdown, which is hurting, not only the 800,000 federal workers, but the over 1 million contract workers that will not get back pay. Our government is forcing them to suffer needlessly.
If we are to walk in God’s light, as many of our political leaders say they do, then we cannot allow this suffering to continue. Jesus taught us to care for those in need. We are not doing this. Our laws are not righteous; they are designed to assist those who in the end persecuted Jesus.
If we love God, we must love those who suffer. If we do not love those who suffer, then we cannot love God. God’s spirit is within us; I pray that we can demonstrate this in our daily actions.