Five Key Takeaways from the 2023 State of the Union (Ep. 109)

February 20, 2023

Every year, Congress invites the President to provide an address on the state of the nation. It is typically the most watched presidential speech of the year and provides an opportunity for the president to cast his vision for the country and to set an agenda for Congress to follow. And while we wouldn’t say that everyone has a duty to take the time to watch the State of the Union, we do believe it is worthwhile for Christians to consider the vision that our leaders have for the country.

In this episode we focus on five key topics from the State of the Union, the economy, health care costs, the debt limit and the sunsetting of social security, the border, and the opioid crisis. Each of these are issues that President Biden felt were worth dedicating a considerable amount of his time and energy to, and we believe that each is worthy of our consideration as Christians.

One thing that is particularly important to us as Christians is the degree to which lies and deception are tolerated. While lies in politics are not new, in the last ten years, there has been considerable decay in how we collectively view truth and how willing we are to accept brazen lies from those who have sworn to uphold our laws and liberty. And while we might think that we are immune to lies because we expect them, this is not how words actually work. Even when we know that people are lying if we do not consciously take our thoughts captive as scripture commands, then their words will go into us and become a part of us. How many times have you seen a lie damage a personal or business relationship? Even when both sides know it is a lie.

Episodes referenced:
Why Conservatism Should Die

Enslaving our Children: Why the Debt Ceiling Fight Matters

Why Inflation is Evil

What the Bible Say About Labor Unions, Collective Bargaining, and Politics

A Christian Solution for Immigration

Why Is Our Society So Confused

Drugs and Alcohol: How Does the Bible Regulate Their Use

Should Marijuana Be Illegal? America’s Drug Policy and the Bible

7 Ways to Deceive Others

Listen to the audio version here:
00:00 General Thoughts
08:00 The Economy
18:10 Medical Costs
32:23 Social Security
40:45 Border Security
46:43 Opioids

Production of Reformation Baptist Church of Youngsville, NC
Hosts – Dan Horn, Jonathan Sides, Charles Churchill and Joshua Horn
Technical Director – Timothy Kaiser
Theme Music – Gabriel Hudelson

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