This past week was the traditional “State of the Union” speech given by the US president. The purpose of the speech is to give an overview of exactly how the US is fairing these days and lay out an agenda for the future. Trump matched past presidents by touting a great economy, the “military might” of the US and sighted his personally perceived achievements. His facts on these issues are clearly from one perspective, his. He mostly ignored what is really going on in the world and issues that affect the majority of Americans. Trump was sure to end the speech with “God Bless America!” So the question is, “Is God blessing America?”
God Blesses and Curses
We can take a look at what God has said in His Word to find the traits and characteristics of those He blesses and those He curses. This is important! Most religions these days would have you believe that God and Jesus just “love everybody.” This is so far from the truth. God made it clear in Deuteronomy what one of those criteria for blessings and curses would be to the Children of Abraham.
“And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you…”Genesis 12:3
God also made it clear that there are those whom He hates, and those whom He loves. Just as Esau hated his brother Jacob because Jacob’s ways were righteous and Esau’s were not, God hated Esau.
haveI loved, but Esau haveI hated.”
With that in mind, let’s look at the “State of the Union”.
Trump was sure to start his speech with promises of a:
“new standard of living… We can make our… middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before… Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades… The United States economy is growing twice as fast today as when I took office… The State of the Union is strong. …our economy is thriving like never before.”President Trump, 2019
Wow, that all sounds great, but isn’t Trump missing something? The shrinking middle class has been under siege for the last 50 years. Specifically, wages for the wealthiest have risen the fastest, while wages for the poorest have remained nearly stagnant. Meanwhile, poverty and homelessness are so bad that the United Nations conducted an investigation, normally something done in third-world countries, at the end of 2017 into the 40 Million Americans living in extreme poverty. The conclusions are mind-boggling and in complete contradiction to what Trump is touting.
Are these results in line with a government going in God’s ways? No. The leaders, (all of them!) are running this country for their own personal benefit and that of their benefactors, not the people’s.
What else did Trump leave out?
The country’s debt, corporate debt
“The rich rules over theProverbs 22:7-8
poor,and the borrower is servantto the lender. He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity…”
Are these economic blessings? No.
Where is all this money going? Here is your government’s 2019 discretionary budget breakdown. Trump was sure to boast of the $700 Billion dollars in military spending for 2019 alone.
“And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars…”Jesus – Matthew 24:6
America has entered the 18th year of the Afghanistan War, the longest running US war in history. Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Nigeria and recently Venezuela are in the cross-fire. Is this violence and threats of violence in line with God? No.
“And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”Genesis 6:12-13
God will not Bless America
The State of the Union is not strong. God is not blessing America. Just because a man, Trump, says “God Bless America” doesn’t mean God will do it or has already done it. Actions speak much louder than words. Going against the ways of God by funding violent wars while at the same time allowing 40 million Americans to live in abject poverty will not bring any blessings from God!