State of the Union

On Tuesday, President Trump gave the annual State of the Union address to congress. It’s interesting to compare to Canada’s Speech from the Throne. The two countries are very different. In Canada, the speech talks more about how the government spends the taxpayers’ dollars and what is being done to raise our standard of living. In the U.S., by contrast, it is more of a visionary speech that the President gives about highlights throughout the year, with a smaller emphasis on the role government plays in national life. Obviously, a Republican government would downplay the role of government more than a Democratic one.

 

Christian Connection: Fasting for Our Country

Whether you are Canadian, American, European or from any other nation, perhaps speeches given your leaders inspire you to pray more fervently for the national / international scene. In my new e-book called Living in Our Times, which is soon to come out in hard copy, I not only talk about Bible prophecy, but I talk about taking steps to live a godly lifestyle and pray for your country.

Fasting is a good way to cleanse your body, but to also purify your spirit as you pray to Jesus for your leaders, or any other topic. Start small and incrementally. Don’t be like the Pharisees who were showy about it (Matt. 6:16). The attitude should be more of the woman who gave everything she had to God, which was two mites (see Mark 12).

In conclusion, be intentional about how you spend your time. Remember this vital principle: garbage in, garbage out. Fill your mind with the Lord’s truth. I was reminded other day how 1 Cor. and 1 Cor. 10 are parallel passages. “I have the right to do…,” they start off. In the first instance, there is a caution against sexual immorality, to not follow our base nature, in line with Col. 3:5 and 1 Cor. 6:18. In 1 Cor. 10, the emphasis is on not hindering the growth of fellow believers through over valuing outward appearances, or viewing one holiday as better than another. God gives us agency and a free will. Let’s choose to serve Him well.

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