Tonight President Obama will address the nation in the traditional State of the Union Address. Already the pundits are predicting what he will say and how his proposals will impact the country.
Like all previous Presidents, Mr. Obama will highlight his successes and downplay or ignore his failures. He will declare that his economic policies are working, the economy is improving, and Americans are better off. Of course, he will say, “there is more work to do.”
There will be a traditional “shout out” to the military. He will thank them for their service in keeping America safe. And remind us that he kept his promise to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.
He will recognize some guests sitting next to the First lady (which every President since Ronald Reagan has done).
The President will propose some new programs for “investing in America.” Helping the less fortunate among us. And, of course, all of us “paying our fair share in taxes.”
The President will pledge to work with new Republican controlled Congress. But will promise to move forward and get the job done, if they don’t cooperate.
The President will end his speech with the words, “God bless America.”
Now, I’m not trying to be sarcastic, critical, or political. What concerns me about the state of the union is greater than economics, education, or environmental issues.
1. What’s the state of the union spiritually?
I hate to say it, but we’ve become morally corrupt. We’re a nation that has allowed 55 million babies to be aborted on the altar of promiscuity and selfishness. State by state we’re legalizing same-sex marriage. And Christian values are mocked and ridiculed as old-fashioned and out dated.
The ancient wise man was right, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Prov 14:34). Our state of the union 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” (Titus 2:11-14)
(2) What’s the state of the union domestically?
Our nation has undermined the sanctity of marriage and the value of children growing up in a home with a mother and a father. With the breakdown of the family unit, society is weakened. Children born out-of-wedlock face greater obstacles to success in life. And our country suffers the consequences of crumbling family structure.
Yet, we’re limited in the impact that we can have to change our national direction. But Christians can work to model the Bible ideal of the family.
What’s 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 the greater question is…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).
What’s the state of your family?
3. What’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.
What’s the state of your union in 2015?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman