By the time many of you receive this, Congress may have found a solution to the current debt-ceiling crisis. The immediate danger may be averted—temporarily.

The real issue, however, isn’t the budget, the debt ceiling or anything else, as much as it is a philosophical battle over the direction of the country. This is the root of the intransigence and increasing bitterness exhibited by both parties.

People defend philosophies more vehemently than they do money. It’s like defending one’s religion as one side against the other claims to be the only source of truth. And make no mistake, politics and political ideology have the force of religion in America.

For this reason, no matter what solution Washington comes up with to deal with the immediate crisis, the danger will not have passed. The battles and the paralyses will continue well into the future on this and other issues—progressives versus conservatives, neither side willing to concede anything to the other, and each characterizing the opposition as evil. The debates will remain bitter and accusatory while our president appears ever more impotent to provide the leadership necessary to carry us through.

Some months ago I prophesied a serious third-year crisis at the presidential level that would profoundly impact the nation for years to come. One would have to be blind not to see it shaping up in current events. At that time I called us to urgent prayer concerning this. I do so again.

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