Tonight President Obama will deliver the traditional state of the union address.
CNN’s John King claims this year’s speech will be “a defining moment for President Obama.” Fox correspondent, Britt Hume opined that State of the Union speeches don’t mean much. And soon are largely forgotten.
Carrie Dann of NBC News says the POTUS may say some things like…
“We must do more to combat climate change.”
“I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform will not be easy.”
“Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.”
The “trouble is,” she writes, “they’re all from LAST YEAR’s address,” suggesting the President is in much the same place he was last year.
For the record here are some of my predictions:
Mr. Obama will talk about job creation. The economy. Obamacare. Of course, there will be a “shout out” to those serving in the military.
We will hear about everyone “paying their fair share in taxes.” Taking care of those less fortunate. And “investing” in America.
The President will pledge to work with Congress. But will promise to move forward and get the job done, if they don’t cooperate.
However, I’m guessing there won’t be three “state of the union” issues discussed that are even more pressing than jobs, gun control and health care.
1. How’s the state of the union spiritually?
Morally? Ethically? Actually, there is little need to cite statistics and give examples of crime, corruption and immorality.
I doubt we will hear about the problem of pornography in our country. Or the lewdness and obscenity that is so prevalent on Television. In movies. And on the internet.
The wise man wrote, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov 14:34). Unfortunately, our state indeed is sad and disgraceful. Sin has reproached our nation. Evil has been called good. Darkness has been substituted for light. And sweetness has been replaced with bitterness. (Isa 5:20)
And there is not a lot I can do about “the state of the union.” But I can do something about my moral state. I can live “soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.”
2. How’s the state of the union domestically?
I doubt he will speak of the 41% of American babies born out-of-wedlock. The blight of broken homes. Or the attack on the traditional values of marriage between a man and a woman.
But the greater question is: How is the state of the union in your home? Your family? With your spouse? And your parents? Or your children?
It is easy for Christians to decry the perverted moral state of homes today. And deplore the redefinition of the family. But, am I following God’s plan in my home? What Paul wrote still applies today.
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged” (Col 3:18-21).
How’s the state of your family?
3. How’s the state of your union with God?
Other than the tradition of closing with “God bless America,” I doubt will we will hear much about God. Most modern-day politicians have largely forgotten God and left Him out of their thoughts about governing. I’m afraid little can be done to change that.
But how’s the state of your union with God? Are you in fellowship with the Father? Are you in communion with Christ? Are you producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life? (2 Cor. 6:14-18; Eph 3:3-23; Gal. 5:22-26).
The state of my spiritual union actually has more far-reaching implications and consequences than the state of our national union. While I believe we should be good citizens, use our liberty for the Lord’s work, and advance the cause of freedom, let us not lose sight of our spiritual obligations.
I’m called to a higher citizenship. A heavenly one.
I must advance the Lord’s cause whether the political climate is favorable or not.
And my need to remain free from sin’s allurement and Satan’s shackles demands a greater priority than national or political freedom.
How’s the state of your union?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman