Of Unity and Division :: By Bill Wilson

State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump lit it up with his State of the Union address, so much so that amid “USA” chants in the House chamber, a Democrat congressman got up and left. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) frowned at the call to work together and remained sitting during a rousing ovation. Black Democrats who were sitting together remained stone-faced when Trump said that unemployment was at its lowest rates in 45 years and that black unemployment was the lowest on record. The news media continued to criticize Trump with snide remarks about his wife’s dress. ABC went so far as to say the speech was divisive, gloomy and stoked racial tensions. The real cap on the night came from CBS.

A CBS poll following the speech showed that 75% of those who watched the speech approved of it and only 25% disapproved. Interesting, though, about this rating is the demographics of those who watched the speech:

Some 42% said they were Republicans, 33% were Independents, and 25% were Democrats. This could indicate that no matter what a Republican says, no matter what the facts are about the good things that are being done, no matter if people have jobs who never had them before, no matter what—Democrats are going to disapprove of anything and everything a Republican does.

This is not unity. This divisiveness coming from Democrats and the media is not even American.

The sides of this coin are drastic for our nation and its people. We need to learn how to work out our problems with respect and civility. Those who are openly hostile obviously have another agenda. That would be the case with the mainstream media and the leadership of the Democratic Party.

Notwithstanding, those polled who said they were Democrats, appear to agree with their party’s leadership—at least 25% of them. This radical, visceral approach to politics is destructive.

Jesus said in Mark 3:24, “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”

We are a divided nation as evidenced by the disrespect and ignorance shown by those who refuse to agree on the good that has been accomplished.

President Trump said, “If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together we can achieve anything…all of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag. Together, we are rediscovering the American way. In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is “in God we trust.”… As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail.”

Who can disagree with this?—Those who neither share these values nor trust in God. That is the difference between unity and division.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!