Thursday, April 18, 2013

"A Pretty Shameful Day in Washington"

"Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can live quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God.
I Timothy 2:2 (New Century Bible)

In spite of it being a modest and admittedly imperfect amendment, the provision to Senate bill S-649 requiring universal background checks for purchases of most firearms--and which was supported by 90% of the American people--was defeated yesterday by a 54-46 vote. 

Actually, in the strange world of the US Senate, it was passed by this narrow majority, but still fell short of the 60% needed to avoid a filibuster.

Only in the political atmosphere inside the beltway could a bi-partisan led effort like this fail, one aimed at preventing felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing firearms, and that prohibited the illegal trafficking of guns by criminals, among other things.

In the spirit of the good apostle Paul I urge that we pray for all of our lawmakers, including the following key senators who voted against this legislation:

Sen. Ayotte: 202-224-3324
Sen. Baucus: 202-224-2651
Sen. Begich: 202-224-3004
Sen. Heitkamp: 202-224-2043
Sen. Heller: 202-224-6244
Sen. Pryor: 202-224-2353 

Sen. Murkowski: (202) 224-6665
Sen. Flake: (202) 224-4521
Sen. Chambliss: (202) 224-3521
Sen. Coats: (202) 224-5623
Sen. Grassley: (202) 224-3744
Sen. Burr: (202) 224-3154
Sen. Heitkamp : (202) 224-2043
Sen. Portman: (202) 224-3353

Most of these folks profess to be Christians, which adds to the importance of our exercising the good work of prayer and persuasion on their behalf.

"We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments." 
(II Corinthians 10:4, New Living Bible)
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