Government Shutdown

The Minnesota State government has not reached a budget agreement. They say that money is the biggest factor that breaks up marriage, and that goes double for politics. Every politician has a different opinion about where money should or shouldn’t go, and a consensus is hard to come by. In the case of a home, it can be resolved when the family runs out of money. In the case of government, the consequences are much grimmer.

In Park Rapids, this prospect is dire indeed. The Itasca State Park is closed on one of the most important tourist weekends of the year, which is bad for business. Other services, like the Headwaters Intervention Center and Mahube are reducing their hours or even closing. If this is not resolved by the end of this month, nurses and doctors whose licenses expire will not be able to renew them and hence will not be able to practice.

In the face of this one might be tempted to lose hope. What will happen? What will be the damage done by this? How can we live in such an environment? What can we do?

In the face of such hopelessness, we must realize that God is unaffected by all of this. God is a rock in the midst of a churning storm, an eagle flying high over the battle. Psalm 46:6 says this: “The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.” Kingdoms and governments move, but God remains. A few psalms earlier, the psalmist said this: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Instead of worrying, realize that Someone is still in charge.

In the midst of this shutdown, realize that the King of Kings is not worried about deadlines, budget agreements, the lottery, governors, senators, or if any of it ever starts up again.