It’s time to end this shutdown. I’m standing in full view of the Capitol Building with a group of clergy and faith leaders who are here to offer a “Faithful Filibuster” of the government shutdown – and we’re going to keep talking until things change.
We know that this shutdown disproportionately affects the most vulnerable in our society. So our words will not be wasted diatribes or placements of blame. Rather, we will use God’s own words – reading the more than 2,000 Bible verses that speak to God’s justice for the poor and vulnerable – until this shutdown ends.
Will they read the parts about not taking innocent human life? How about a filibuster opposing the Democrats’ strategy to increase abortion via taxpayer funding and less restrictions?
Will they read the parts about how Jesus is the only way to salvation (over 100 passages)?
Will they note that when God says to give He tells you to do it out of your pocket, not your neighbor’s?
Will they read the part about how “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution?” That’s a trick question, of course, because the Bible doesn’t say that. Just Jim Wallis.