How I'm Praying Amid the Government Shutdown Over Moral Debate

Alveda C. King
Alveda C. King

It would be unbelievable if we were not seeing this government shutdown foolishness with our own eyes. People may not remember, but there was a similar shutdown in the '90s when President Bill Clinton was in office. It lasted about three weeks, where people were furloughed from their jobs without pay while the administration and Congress kept their paychecks. It’s happening again.

Now in 2013, the debate is over a ludicrous issue: birth control and easy access to abortions to be paid for with our money, our tax dollars. Oh, it’s all couched neatly and wrapped up in a “health care for all” bow, but it is still all foolishness.

I’ve been saying that as the mother of two daughters and grandmother to three precious girls, they don’t need free birth control and easy abortions. What they need more are decent homes, good education and relief from poverty and lack. Also, they definitely have to have prayer back in schools, and they need Jesus.

Why is relevancy an issue? In April 2011, White House digital reporter Devin Dwyer of abcnews.com reported this: “The elimination of $363 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood health care centers may well force a government shutdown at midnight tonight.

“Republicans want to block $70 million Planned Parenthood receives each year under Title X, a program implemented under Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 to provide contraceptives, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease testing at community health centers across the country. And they want to cut off $293 million the clinics receive through Medicare.

“Conservative lawmakers say the money indirectly subsidizes abortions, despite the fact that the federal Hyde Amendment expressly prohibits such use of taxpayer funds.

“Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider, but it issued a fact sheet today stating that more than 90 percent of its health care services are preventive, not abortions. The company says no taxpayer funds are used to fund abortions.”

Now that the shutdown is actually here, we can see that Planned Parenthood is still in the mix as a major proponent of distributing free birth control and easy access to abortions, while all the time they remain America’s largest abortion provider. Again, girls and women need good education, fair housing and good jobs much, much more than they need free birth control and easy abortion access, all which, by the way, remain at the core of the Obamacare battle.

Finally, take a look at what my friend wrote in his journal: “For the second time in 17 years our nation has experienced a government shutdown. I suppose there was some type of 'system failure.' The world will go on. Aren't you glad that the government of God can never be shutdown, break down or have 'system failure?'”

At the beginning of 2012, my friend, the prophet, also wrote, “Around October 2013, there is a possibility for a crash or 'system failure.' [Soon coming extreme weather disasters can be very deadly—pray and change it].

“People are worried and afraid because their trust is in the people that work or hang around the White House or the Congress.”

Then on Saturday, he wrote, “We will yet be experiencing financial transition during the month of October. Everything that will be happening will not be seen by the public. However, at this point the impact of what has been planned may not be as powerful as some would have liked. We do have the power to stand in the gap and Creator God is gracious.

“There are those in high offices and behind the scenes that had planned this 'system failure' to take a huge toll on the American people. They had planned for events to cause lots of unnecessary pain and suffering to further rip this nation apart. But during my intercession time, I felt the prayers, meditations of the righteous rise up causing subtle changes in the consciousness of many, thus, disarming the plans of the wicked. The transition that's happening behind the scenes will be much smoother now.”

With all of this in mind, this leads me to say that I’m praying for sanity to blow over Washington, D.C., and over all of our state and local seats of political power.

Alveda C. King is the daughter of the late civil-rights activist the Rev. A.D. King and niece of Martin Luther King Jr. She is also a civil rights and pro-life activist, as well as director of the African-American outreach for Priests for Life. Click here to visit her blog.

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