A New Day in America
As you know, January 20th, 2021 is an historic day in our nation’s history as the 46thPresident of the United States, Joe Biden, will take charge of the executive branch.
Daniel 2:21 tells us that it is God who “changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” The Biden Administration deserves our respect and our regular prayers just as much as it may need to hear our voices at times.
The Governor’s Virtual State of State Address
Last night Governor Eric Holcomb gave perhaps the most unusual State of the State address delivered in our lifetime. Due to the Indiana capitol being closed this week, and due to Covid-19, the speech was delivered virtually and pre-recorded in a studio rather than delivered live before an audience in the House Chamber.
I did not have much of a takeaway from his speech. It touched on predictable issues like Covid and teacher pay.
One policy point that I did not expect, but was happy to read, was a nod to a parent’s right to school choice. I am not sure what this may mean in terms of a legislative agenda, but an expansion of school choice may be something we see out of the legislature.
People of Faith, Holding Strong During Covid-19
There is a lot of research regarding the benefits of an active religious faith. Researchers have looked faith’s impact upon various subjects like, marriage, charitable giving, suicide, and addiction issues. The connection between religious activity and mental health is another well researched area.
In a year (2020) when most Americans reported a decline in mental health due to Covid, one group stood out in their difference. Joe Carter, author of the December 12th article, Frequent Churchgoers Have Better Mental Health noted, “The only demographic subgroup who didn’t report a decline were those who attend religious services weekly. That group showed an increase of 4 percent compared to 2019.”
Keeping churches open during Covid was (or could have been in some restrictive liberal states) a mental health benefit for millions of Americans.
This is Getting Crazy!!!
If you think the left is simply going after politically employed people, consider this: Bed Bath & Beyond has capitulated in fear of the totalitarians. They have said that they will no longer sell My Pillow products. Liberals are pressuring Kohl’s to do the same. My Pillow founder Mike Lindell is a known supporter of President Trump.
Here’s a question to ponder. If the far left is so driven by hate that they would try to cancel a pillow company from home goods stores, simply because the pillow company founder supported Donald Trump . . . Why should we think churches are safe from the left’s hatred of our religious beliefs?
(Perhaps, it is only coincidental that Lindell often points to his relationship with Jesus Christ that changed him from being a drug addict to a successful business owner.)
Need a new pillow? Maybe it is time to buy a My Pillow as a means to counter this kind of intolerance.
Trump’s Job Approval Crashes on His way Out . . . or Did It?
As President Donald Trump leaves office today and President Joe Biden takes over, the media would lead most Americans, and most Republicans in Congress, to believe that Trump leaves with a dismal approval rating as Americans, and many in his own party, have turned on him.
Several polls claim that his rating is at an all-time low following the riot and the House impeachment vote in the capitol. I am sure he has been hurt politically by this to some degree. However, at least one analyst is pointing out that many of the polls being touted in the media have significantly underrepresented Republican and/or Trump voters. Some polls have as few as a third of their poll sample including Trump voters, whereas, in the election they made up nearly half of voters.
One exception is Rassmussen’s daily tracking poll which actually shows Trump’s approval rating at 51%. This is remarkable given the heavily negative coverage he has had this month.
More in the middle is a new NBC Poll giving Trump a 43% approval rating, a drop of only 2 points from just before the November 3rd election in their poll, and one point below when he took office in January of 2017. (According to NBC, 87% of Republicans still approve of Trump’s job performance.)
It would seem that while his final numbers are probably low, they are not as dire as many would like them to appear. In fact, according to NBC, Trump and Biden’s approval numbers are statistically the same (43%-44%).
President Trump’s Farewell Address
The President gave his final presidential speech yesterday. His 19-minute farewell address was not covered by the mainstream media. I thought it was a very worthwhile speech. It should have been broadcast. So here it is, if you would like to watch it. The President noted that “we pray for the success of the new administration in keeping America safe and prosperous.”