God’s State of the Union


But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34

Each year the President delivers to the Congress the annual State of the Union Message and all across America governor’s of their respective states deliver their State of the State messages to the various legislatures.

The purpose is to summarize the status of various things throughout the land and to a change for the chief executive to suggest legislative action… his or her program for the future. Usually, a rosy picture is painted. After all, who would want to admit there are problems on their watch?

I sat and watched our governor give his state of the state message recently. He started by saying that the state of our state is strong. He cited a number of achievements during his administration and glossed over a number of storm clouds on the horizon.

As I watched, I wondered what it would be like if God had strode to the podium in the House of Representatives and delivered His state of the state message. I’ll bet he wouldn’t hold anything back or not tell it like it is.

I wonder what he would single out first. Perhaps it would be the millions of human lives he uniquely created that we have extinguished under the right of a mother to choose. Perhaps he would talk about the rampant proliferation of pornography. Certainly he would mention rampant sexual immorality. Maybe he would remind us that we are about to enter a post Christian era as we have turned our back on Him.

Certainly, He would give reference to tolerance‘? which says we have to tolerate the beliefs of others and not thrust ours upon them. He would challenge us to be bold in speaking of our faith. He would talk about a watered down feel good’ theology and modern preaching that de-emphasizes the salvation message. He might remind us that we seem to have forgotten Him, while focusing our attention on ourselves and our own hedonistic pleasures.

Certainly He would talk about people getting high on drugs rather than looking to Scripture for the ultimate satisfaction in life. I am sure he would touch on sexual disorientation rampant across our land. He would paint a grim prognosis for the land if its people do not return to him. Certainly He would quote from Revelation.

He wouldn’t suggest a legislative program, for the real problems we face are not solved in the halls of legislatures or at the bar of the court. Rather they are solved on our knees at the alter of Christ, where people give their hearts and lives to Him.

Think about it. What is the real state of our state and what are you willing to do to change it?
(a thought on life from John Grant )

by John Grant
used by permission
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney. He is an active writer and frequent speaker.  He can be reached by e-mail at John.Grant@johngrant.net

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