No Deadlines

As you’ve probably noticed, this website focuses almost entirely on the Bible and Person of our wonderful Lord and Savior and faithful friend, Jesus Christ.  In fact, pretty much the only time I mention anything else is when such serves to illustrate or explain an aspect  of the Lord or the Bible or life.  And it’s in this spirit and for this purpose that this post points out a political reality mainly of more modern times:  how Congress keeps “blowing right through” and pushing out deadlines as though they don’t even exist in the first place.

Practically E-V-E-R-Y time anymore.

They have months or, in the current case for example, a whole year  to pass the twelve spending bills which will fund the following fiscal year, yet they always seem to beg the public’s pardon and plead for “more time” to address a matter even though  they had a massive  amount of time to do so in the many months preceding!  It’s such a simple concept yet Congress can’t seem to carry it out.

The point of this particular post is not  to discuss the virtue or vice of government shutdowns but rather to emphasize the importance of what the Bible teaches about time management (Ephesians 5:16) and planning AHEAD (Noah and the ark, or the Apostle Paul as so perfectly pointed out in passages like Romans 15:24-26 and 2 Timothy 4:9-13) versus procrastinating and perennially pushing out one deadline after another (or as Congress calls it, keep “kicking the can” down the road – a phrase you’ll be hearing a lot in the news over the coming weeks and, if recent history is any indication, months).

It’s probably not a popular perspective these days but I have always and continue to respect this nation’s elected officials.  Not all, but the vast majority – many of whom I’ve met personally, firsthand, over the years and find to be good and decent individuals who have a good heart and really want to do the right, responsible thing in any given situation but are often strong-armed (or, in some cases, properly persuaded) by their party or leadership (they don’t call it “whipping” the vote for nothing!) or donors or consultants into casting a certain vote or taking a specific position… but certainly in terms of consequentiality, is there anyone in the country who needs to heed Ephesians 5:16 more than Congress?  So consider this not a criticism but rather a collective cry from the citizenry for them to stop procrastinating so stunningly and instead to start doing the legislative work necessary to honor deadlines, not disregard them as in recent years.  [The next task will be to get them to stop linking bad  bills to good  ones in an attempt to force (blackmail, extort, cajole) members of their own party who have a different view or priorities, but that’s another topic for another day.]

Amazing how everything – even politics – always comes down and back to the Bible!  How it holds the answer to every question, the solution to every problem.  Which is why I like to say about its various verses and wondrously wise words:  we can “read ’em and weep OR heed ’em and leap!”


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