**Disclaimer – I am writing this as a concerned member of both Christian and American communities. I am not espousing one political party stance above the other. I would like to attempt to offer an objective perspective on this subject matter.**
Tonight, millions of people within the United States and in other countries around the world will be watching President Donald J. Trump give his first “State of the Union” address. All of us would be naïve to believe that this address will proceed smoothly without any criticism from all sides in the political arena. However, it would be a welcomed change if there were a united front presented to the critics both here at home and in the global community abroad.
Many questions have arisen by those with a vested interest in the President’s address. Some of those questions revolve around the President’s policies concerning immigration, the economy, the racial divide, public confidence in the President’s ability to govern, etc. These are concerns we have been faced with since his inauguration last year. In my estimation, many within society and the global community have wanted to distance themselves from the President’s method of communicating and implementing his agenda to the world. I believe this is resulting from their inability to connect with his policies and agenda. So what are we supposed to do?
How closely have we listened the content of what the President has communicated apart from what is reported by the media? Not any reporting media specifically, but all forms of media. How much time have we invested into attempting to understand what is being communicated from the White House? What does it communicate to the world when members of Congress plan to “boycott” the President’s “State of the Union” address? In my opinion, it suggests that respect (or the lack thereof) for the man supersedes respect for the office and institution of American government.
Although I do not support many of the actions and comments the President has made, I still respect the institution of government because it is something that has been instituted by God. We cannot remove ourselves from it because we are all, in some way, shape or form, governed by some institution. We do not always agree with some of the tenets from those institutions. However, neither do we project such public opposition against them.
I personally believe that we are losing our focus concerning the things that really matter. Our perspectives have shifted from the best interests of the American and global community to our own personal agendas. This, in turn, makes us no better than those we accuse of wrongdoing.
Let us listen intently to what President Trump has to say in his “State of the Union” address. Let us take a moment to reflect on the issues that are matters of importance. Let us forget about matters of speculation, but deal with the known facts at hand. From this, we will be able to make better informed decisions about how we can personally effect change in the communities around us.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”