Whether you actually watched it or not, I’m sure you were at least aware that the President recently gave the annual “State of the Union” address. To be clear, I am not writing this blog to critique his performance or to share my thoughts on whether or not he did a good job with his speech or policies.
Again, this blog is not about politics so kindly keep you options about that to yourself.
What this blog IS about concerns what we see. Because while this blog is not about politics I noticed that before, during, and after the President’s speech quite a few comments and opinions were given based on the various perspectives that were represented.
It seemed that most people with a conservative or Republican view held his speech in high regards.
For people who hold a more liberal or Democratic view his speech was not taken too well.
For people who think both political parties are a sham and the whole system is rigged, not much about the speech changed their mind.
And for the people who are indifferent to politics for various personal reasons, the President’s speech did little to sway them.
See, I realized that the State of the Union speech, which is all about verbally projecting where the country has been and where it is headed, is reacted to based heavily on one’s perspective.
That’s right! One’s perspective will absolutely dictate how they viewed the effectiveness of the speech. And for that matter, one’s perspective dictates how they view almost everything in life.
Because one’s perspective is the lens in which we filter the messages and direction of not only this nation, but also our interactions with people both locally and abroad. Our perspective influences so much in our personal, day-to-day interactions.
So if that is the case, I wonder if there is a different perspective that we need to look at for the State of the Union Address. While not discounting ONE BIT people’s feelings toward their affiliation with a political party or their choosing to not affiliate with one, I have to wonder if there is a higher perspective that we need to view our lives, our nation, and our world from.
That’s where God comes in. Because one of the things that God clearly states over and over is that he longs to give us His perspective so we can interact with situations and people from His point of view. Not just on national events, but for our day in and day out interactions as well.
So what does God’s perspective say? Here are just a couple of examples:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
“We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.”
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
1st Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
The scriptures above are just a small sample size but they all have a common theme: God has a perspective that He wants to give us! And His perspective transcends anything that we see here on this earth. Our job, while not ignoring what we see in the natural world, is to constantly tap into the higher perspective that God gives so we can walk with confidence no matter what we see in politics or even what we see in our local communities.
Because God’s “State of the Union” is different from ours. Just from the scriptures above, God’s “State of the Union” address would involve some of these sub points:
His ways are higher than our best made human plans. (Isaiah 55:9 – As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my thoughts higher than your thoughts….)
Even if we see poor planning, misplaced priorities, dysfunction in our government that does not impact the good plans God has for us. (Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you……to give you a hope and future)
For those who are thrilled about where they are in life, where society is, and maybe even where the country is headed based on the President’s speech, great! Just remember the perspective of putting hope in man as opposed to putting our hope in God. (Psalms 20:7 – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God)
How about this one? As great (or not so great) as our plans may seem ultimately God is going to direct our steps and accomplish His purposes here on this earth. (Proverbs 16:9)
For those with high angst about the direction of our country, the world, or maybe just your own life, remember that while we can never ignore tomorrow, we are never supposed to worry because God is in control. (Matthew 6:34 – “So don’t worry about tomorrow)
And finally, no matter what comes our way good or bad, we can always have the perspective of gratitude because of the saving work of Christ Jesus. (1st Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances)
See, the perspective of God when it comes to the state of our union, or even just the state of our lives is one of Him, and Him alone, being in control and powerful enough to hold the universe in his hands. God isn’t worried, He’s not scared, He’s not nervous. Instead, because of the saving work of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit, He is ushering in a new Kingdom that supersedes any nation, any worldly power, or any earthly scheme.
And it’s because of that perspective, that my personal “State of the Union” is good.
Because of Him.