I mostly try to avoid writing about politics as much as possible here on PoG. For starters, it’s usually incredibly divisive, and I’m not about that. For continuers, I’m not very knowledgable when it comes to affairs of state, economics, military matters, etc. And for finishers, I just don’t think it’s as important as a lot of people make it out to be. But on the heels of something pretty important, like the State of the Union Address, I’ll occasionally share my thoughts. So, here is a little bit of a brain-dump after last night’s big speech.
- While I understand the spirit of Republicans and Democrats breaking with tradition and sitting together during the speech, it felt really contrived. In fact, some people were referring to last night’s speech as sort of a “Congressional Prom.” There were literally reports of Representatives and Senators walking from office to office, asking people if they had someone from the opposite side of the aisle to sit with.
- Admittedly, I didn’t watch the whole speech. Michelle and I decided to do a yoga workout shortly after they announced the President’s entrance. We flipped it back on somewhere around 9:45. The parts that I did watch sounded a lot like the same old talk, but with a little less divisive language.
- I liked what President Obama said about being fiscally responsible, freezing all non-essential Washington spending, and getting serious about our budget deficit. Unfortunately (and I didn’t watch the whole thing, so please correct me if I’m wrong on this) he didn’t acknowledge the role that his own policies have played in increasing that deficit. Plus, every Congressman and Senator thinks that every pet project they have their hand in is “essential,” so I don’t really see us moving in a radically different direction after this speech.
- Congressmen and -women from opposite sides of the aisle may have sat together last night, but if this morning’s headlines are any indication, that spirit hasn’t carried over into the media. Call me cynical, but I’m not really holding out much hope that Democrats and Republicans will maintain this spirit of togetherness, either. In case you forgot, there’s a presidential election in less than 2 years, which means the campaigns will start within the month.
Most of all, I just want to reiterate a sentiment that I’ve shared before on this blog. Politics are an important thing, but they are not the most important thing. The most important decision you can make with your life is not whether you vote Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. The most important decision you will ever make in your lifetime is whether or not you choose to receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. There’s no other decision you can make that will have such lasting, eternal consequences. And there’s no more important thing you can do with your life than spread the Gospel, the good news of that salvation through faith. Since I have just written about politics, and I know politics can be divisive, please be nice to one another in the comments. Peace.