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President Biden’s State of the Union

President Biden's State of the Union, The Antioch Report

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President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday was a reminder of all that has happened in the last two years.

Biden opened up by reminding a room full of people that “last year Covid-19 kept us apart,” which was followed by a round of applause as now everyone could gather in the room unmasked.

The State of the Union address covered a full gamut of topics, including Covid, Vladimir Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Covid-related partisan division, cost induced inflation, law enforcement funding and more:

  • “. . .the answer is not to defund the police, it’s to fund the police… fund them… fund them.”
  • “The state of the union is strong because you, the American people, are strong. We are stronger today than we were a year ago. And we’ll be stronger a year from now than we are today. This is our moment. To meet and overcome the challenges of our time. And we will.”

All in all, the State of the Union was met with divided feedback from both parties, but what was perhaps the most confusing part of the speech was Biden’s closing “Go get ’em,” a line to which Twitter quickly capitalized and questioned. Go get who? 

The State of the Union is an important milestone for each US President.

It’s their opportunity to speak to the condition of the country, as well as which milestones they’ve achieved and/or sought to achieve since becoming President.

Tuesday’s address comes at a time in the world when tension is high and anxiety is strong, both domestically and globally. 

Like the US State of the Union address, Christians are called to look inwardly and take account for their own personal “state of the union” (1 Corinthians 11:31; Romans 12:3).

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless you fail the test.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Just like we as a nation regularly reflect on our state and condition, Christians should routinely ask themselves how their own faith, life, love, and pursuit of God aligns with what they’ve sought to be in Jesus.

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Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk

Daniel Berk is the Managing Editor at The Antioch Report. A student and teacher of the Bible, he is a lover of theology, church history, and... TV. Follow him on Twitter @danielcberk. Daniel and his wife Courtney reside with their Bernedoodle in Charleston, SC.

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