Solomon and Our SOTDu

What does King Solomon have to do with Tuesday night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address?

If Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, he proved that after Jesus, he was the wisest person who ever lived.

In 2018, Ecclesiastes 1:9 rings as true as ever:

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

In the wake of President Trump’s SOTU address, some people on social media are highlighting the less than enthusiastic response by the Democrats. While the President spoke, some Democrats looked like they’d rather be having a root canal.

Democrats displayed a muted response in contrast to the multiple rounds of Republican applause.

Have we forgotten we’ve seen this movie before?

  1. During 8 years of Obama’s SOTU addresses, how enthusiastic were Republicans?
  2. In 8 years of Bush 43’s SOTU addresses, how wildly did Democrats applaud?
  3. During 8 years of Clinton’s SOTU addresses, how wildly did Republicans applaud?
  4. In 4 years of Bush 41’s SOTU addresses, how enthusiastic were Democrats?

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Our next Democratic President will likely give their SOTU addresses to stone-faced Republicans.

Our next Republican President will likely give their SOTU addresses to stone-faced Democrats.

I’m not saying it’s right. But I am saying that the door of public “lemon sucking” swings both ways equally. Neither political party can claim higher moral ground than the other in this regard.

Is There a Solution?

Solomon’s father, King David, said, How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1).

How good and pleasant it would be if America’s elected representatives would genuinely reach across the aisle and work together in unity. Sadly, across political lines, America seems to be getting more polarized instead of less.

In any division, somebody must reach out first.

When the opportunity arises for us to work with someone we disagree with, will we extend our hand?

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