The federal government faces its first shutdown in nearly 20 years after late-night congressional negotiations failed to break a budget standoff over President Obama’s health care law.

Greg Erlandson, publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, laments that the shutdown mess has drowned out attention to a real disaster — waves of killings of Christians abroad.

Navy chaplain Father Kevin Cusick of Meeting Christ in the Liturgy says the shutdown won’t change church availability.

A group of liberal Christian leaders blasted the Tea Party over the shutdown, reports David Brody of CBN.

Seattle pastor Eugene Cho urged unity.

Some pastors, including Otis Moss III and Jamal Bryant, criticized the Tea Party.

Activist Jordan Sekulow pointed to the IRS.

Ecumenical First Things magazine adds a bit of history for context.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan, who references his Catholic faith often, connects the dots.

The Twitter talk earlier was that the panda camera at the National Zoo would be shut off during a shutdown. Writer Amy Sullivan finds that preferable.

Relevant magazine editor Cameron Strang plans on taking advantage of the shutdown.

And God decided to weigh in.


Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey joined RNS as a national correspondent in 2013. She has previously served as managing editor of Odyssey Networks and online editor for Christianity Today.


  1. Compromise? How? Reduce Social Security, Medicare, Food Stampd, the protection in the Affordable Care Act? Give a fanatic group a weapon they can use in the future? With gerrymandering they can keep the House and jerk the nation around if they are let get away with it.

    The 2012 election confirmed the ACA (Obamacare), which was already compromised by being a Republican original plan and not a single payer system.

    Compromise can be a knee-jerk word. In this case it is.

  2. My follow clergy member< Continue to know that he is the Lord your God, Through this we can see that we are in our last days, For the Lord is coming, dont be alarmed but continue to pray and see the face of the Lord. Make sure everyone whom you come in contact with you share the Love of God for the blood will be on our hands praise God if we do not act right now. FOr the Lord is coming back for a church without spot or wreckle. Its Time To get right. Its TIme to Start interceeding for our country, our president, our leaders, our people. Pastors its time to go to work. ITs Time to work. Rev. Mackey

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